|Make Your Own Stained Glass!||
Stained glass is a beautiful work of art that can make your entire home more stylish. Perhaps you would like to have some in your property but find that due to the cost of purchasing the glass, it hasn't been possible. However, the reality is that you can easy create stained glass patterns yourself, significantly reducing the amount you pay on it. The best thing is that creating stained glass patterns doesn't require you to be an expert. All you really need is a cardboard or plastic template where you can draw what you would like by hand.
How to Create Stained Glass Patterns
There are a number of different ways to create patterns, including desktop software. Those programs easily and quickly create a beautiful pattern for you, allowing you to manipulate it so it becomes more unique. You can resize the entire design, or certain parts of the pattern, for instance. However, these software packages are quite expensive as well, and it doesn't really allow you to create a completely personal design. Most people who make their own stained glass take a lot of pride in the fact that the idea really is their own.
Stained glass is always beautiful and you don't have to worry about being able to draw something incredibly detailed in order for your glass to look good. Start with a simple pattern if you are new to it. Even if you only place a few lines, you will see a great effect. Using only few lines means that you don't have to worry about so many joints either, which makes the process easier as you won't have to solder as much. It is when you solder your glass that you have the biggest chance of damaging your glass.
It is generally recommended to have a few copies of your design. These all have to be life-sized. Use one copy to cut out plastic pieces and number them the same as your main pattern. It is these pieces that you will use as a template when you cut your glass, foil and solder it. The other templates are so that you continue to have a full overview.
Try to avoid incredibly small pieces, because these are very difficult to use, even if you are very experienced. Because glass is so brittle, small pieces are at greater risk of breaking or damaging neighboring pieces. You should also avoid having converging points with too many lines. This is because those points become very visible after soldering and the more lines converge, the thicker that point is going to get.
Finally, if this is your first time, you may want to start with a small window. This is because it is easier, but also because if something does go wrong, you will have less financial costs in terms of doing it again. Have fun, allow your natural creativity to come out and see what you end up with.