ART OF STAINED GLASS
FOILING GLASS
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

Foiling Textured Glass
If you are a perfectionist, and wish for perfectly even leadlines in spite of the textured glass, there is a trick that you can use. First, make sure that there is 1 mm of foil above each peak. Go around the glass piece twice with the foil if needed. Before crimping the foil against the glass, using fine sharp scissors, nick the foil in the valleys. You want the top of the foil to match the peaks and valleys of the texture as closely as possible, always keeping in mind that 1 mm of foil above the glass. Then crimp as usual.

Uroboros' heavily textured herringbone ripple was used for the leaves in the Odyssey chestnut lamp below. You can see the straight leadlines achieved using this method in a lamp shade.



You can see below a piece of textured glass that is foiled in the normal way (before crimping), i.e., without trimming off the excess foil in the "valleys":



This is the same piece of textured glass that is foiled to maximize uniformity of lead lines, also before crimping:



Now you can compare the final results. This is the same piece of glass. On the left it was foiled the normal way, and crimped. The foil was stripped off and re-done with trimming off the excess in the "valleys." You can see the difference for yourself, and understand how it leads to thinner and straigter lead lines:





WARNING: This video shows the perfectionist way of foiling heavily textured glass. This tip is too time-consuming for professionals, but great for hobbyists with pride in the uniformity of their solder lines.








Foiling

Page 1
Page 2 (foil overlay, rods)
Page 3 (textured glass)
Page 4 (drapery glass)