If you have ever wondered why church windows look so magical, that is because of reflection of light illuminating the colored glass. But you do not have to find such beauty in churches, because you can make one for yourself. It might seem impossible at first, but it always takes some effort and practice. It will all be worth it, looking at your very own take of art. A good example to follow are the leaded glass windows in Garden City.
Doing things by yourself give you superb benefits. It will not hurt your budget and you have your own say in the whole process. Also, you are able to practice your art skills. While some can earn some money out of this, others also use it to spend some time and bond with friends and family. Thus, here are a few reminders when starting and pursuing this new interest.
Prepare all the things you need. These are cutters, pliers, safety gear, a solder, as well as glass. You may find these in your local hardware store. Others may already be in your old toolbox. Make sure that all the materials are already in your hands to have a smoother flow of the entire procedure. You might as well gather your patience, because you are going to need a lot of it.
Pick or make your own design. For starters, people use simple shapes like hearts and others go for flowers. They start with simple lines and curves before going deeper with some complex patterns of people or saints. For better results, practice first with easy ones and you can easily work for more difficult levels. Your art should always be a reflection of you.
Next, trace your design by placing it below the glass. Do not use a permanent marker, otherwise it will be hard to erase, and you will not have a neat surface. Using a pencil or marker that will still be visible to use for cutting afterwards. You still need to make sure that everything is neat and clean.
Then, using a cutter, start trimming the edges first until you already start forming your design. Once you get to the middle, be careful of the curves until you reach the other end. Make sure you have already covered all edges and curves before you use smoothing materials such as sandpaper to clean up some rough patches. Also, in handling such material, be cautious not to hurt yourself.
Use foil to cover some lines and a solder to stick them together. The metal and glass must be intact afterwards. Precision for the hand is key to a successful process. When it comes to more complicated details, ask someone to help you keep an eye on the things you may have missed. By the end, you should be able to fulfill the objective of sticking all pieces together.
Place your work in a frame. This should be the size of your window or should at least fit in the area you plan to put it. Clean it from any excess material or dust that has been collected from all the work. There should not be any metal sticking out that may cause some injuries. Hang it in the part of the house where lighting is received properly.
Lastly, take a seat and just relax while looking at your work. You are finally finished. This was not an easy process, but still you made it. This is the beginning of more improvements to follow, as long as you are also willing to learn from it. Mastering a certain craft always takes time. With this, you should pat yourself on the back.