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Make a Stained Glass Beehive Ornament -Part 2

In this part of the tutorial we continue making the beehive ornaments.


To cut a piece of glass you can't see through you extend the template lines like you see here. I extended the lines out from that hexagon shape.


Now you can place opaque pieces of glass on the template and use those extended lines for the ruler.


Then I used a table top diamond grinder to clean all the edges and to do some shaping. This is optional. You can do stained glass without a grinder.


Ok, all the glass pieces are cut. The flowers look good! Let's solder these glass pieces together.

Next we use something called copper foil. It is copper tape with an adhesive on one side. We wrap it all the way around the edges of all the pieces.


Copper foil


Then use a tool to burnish all the foil -pressing it onto the edges and the flat of the glass. This burnishing adheres it securely to the glass -both the edges and the surfaces.


ok, everything is foiled.


Let's continue with the tutorial and do the soldering.



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