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George’s Artistic Adventure: Final Steps in Stained Glass

Applying patina to the solder. You can see the patinated, darker lines on the left side, and the untreated solder on the right.

See the rest of this series here.

My stained glass panel is almost done! I’ll save the grand reveal for next week, but if you’d like to see the almost-ready panel in person, it will be on display at Artfête tomorrow, along with other student work in the stained glass classroom.

Today I finished touching up the solder on both sides of the panel before applying the patina (above), which in this case was a blue liquid that I rubbed on the solder to turn it black-brown. It really changes the overall look of the piece, as you’ll see in the finished pictures. After that, our teacher Jimmy Powers cut pieces of zinc framing to go around the outside.

I’m in the process of soldering that together, and then I’ll be finished after a few more short steps! It’s pretty cool that, as an absolute beginner, I will be able to finish a piece and take it home in one term. Even though it was a very basic pattern, seeing it all come together has been very satisfying, as I’m sure the other students will agree.

Here’s some of what they’re working on, by the way:

I showed you Liz’s mirror before, and here it is pretty much completed. (Jimmy is holding it.) It gives you a sense of the range of projects you can do with stained glass. After this, Liz just had to finish soldering the mirror to the frame.
Fran is in the process of foiling her pieces. I showed you this last week, but here it is without pattern paper covering it up. Check out the different textures and colors!

Next week: The finale!

— George

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