Making stained glass tiles is one good de-stressing activity over the weekend. This project can also be a very good source of extra income. You can make your very own stained glass tiles following the steps outlined below.
1. Choose a pattern for your stained glass tiles.
Select a pattern for your stained glass tiles by checking out glasswork books. You can also check out online resources for the purpose. If this is your first time to make stained glass tiles, then it would be advisable to start with easy and big patterns first. Do away with patterns that have way too curvy lines or very complicated designs.
2. Create the template for the chosen pattern.
Draw the pattern onto white paper. Once done with this, cut out the pieces.
3. Glue each pattern piece onto the stained glass.
Each piece of the pattern should be glued onto the designated color of stained glass. You can use the regular white glue for this purpose.
4. Cut the stained glass tiles carefully.
You can use either an oil filled carbide glass cutter or a steel wheeled glass cutter for this step. Cut the stained glass tile along the edges of the pattern very carefully. Afterwards, use a pair of running or grozing pliers to accurately break the stained glass tile along the lines that have just been previously scored by the glass cutter.
5. Smooth the rough edges of the stained glass.
You can use a grinding wheel or carborundum stone for this step. Just grind and smooth out the rough and sharp edges of the stained glass so as not to get yourself accidentally cut by them.
6. Finally make the stained glass tiles according to your chosen pattern.
Before you do so though, wrap each of the cut stained glass' edges with copper foil first. Make sure the copper foil is properly set by pressing it against the edges of the stained glass using a popsicle stick. Now, following your pattern, start joining the stained glass tiles together. Of course, you will need to start with two pieces first. Join them together by soldering the copper foil in between the two stained glass tiles. The copper foil will melt invariably mixing together to join the adjacent pieces of the stained glass tiles. Simply repeat the process to join all the pieces of the stained glass tiles together.
The melted copper foil in between the stained glass is typically painted with a dark dyeing agent called a patina. Dyeing it gives it its antique look and serves to highlight each of the stained glass' vivid color as well.