Making Stained Glass Templates
Score Glass to a Pattern
There are basically two ways to make stained glass templates.
There is the traditional way and the paper pattern method.
The traditional method for making stained glass templates is done by tracing your pattern pieces directly from your pattern.
When using transparent glass, you can place the glass directly over your pattern. Then trace the pattern piece onto the glass. Be sure to allow for copper foil or lead came thickness.
When using darker glass, place your pattern on a light box. This will allow you to see the pattern lines. Then trace the pattern pieces onto the glass. (Again, remember to leave room for thickness of copper foil or lead came)
Solid or Dense Opalescent Glass
To trace the pattern piece directly onto the glass, place a piece of carbon paper face down on the glass. With your pattern on top, trace the pattern outline of the piece you want to cut. Trace exactly where you will cut, again leaving room for thickness of copper foil or lead came.
Papper Pattern Method
The paper pattern method for making stained glass templates, uses paper templates that are traced onto the glass, then marked and cut.
There are two ways to make paper pattern stained glass templates.
Paper Pattern Method 1
Once individual piece are cut out, then place them on top of the glass you want to cut and trace with a thin permanent marker. If you are using textured glass, turn the pattern over so you can cut on the smoother side of the glass.
You may want to cut your largest pieces first, leaving scraps for cutting smaller pieces.
Once pieces are cut, assemble them on your pattern.
Paper Pattern Method 2
Be sure to number pieces and mark directional or grain lines you will use.
Once individual piece are cut out, then place them on top of the glass you want to cut and trace with a thin permanent marker.
If you are using textured glass, turn the pattern over so you can cut on the smoother side of the glass.
Once you have made you stained glass pattern, cut and assembled, you are ready to solder.
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