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Can You Use Plain Glass?

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#1 Love2craft



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Posted 14 September 2018 - 08:38 AM

Hi all. I am just about ready to start learning how to do stained glass.
I am wondering if there is any reason why you would not use plain glass panes from a picture frame or something.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 08:18 PM

There's no technical reason why you couldn't us window glass: most geometric (diamonds, etc) windows use it. . A lot of picture frame glass is rather thin at 2mm, however -- 3mm would be better.  Also window glass is literally "floated" onto a bed of molten tin: this makes it very polished, and I find it a problem if you're handling the pieces a lot.

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 07:13 AM

I agree with Fox....


If you want to practice with a cheaper substitute double strength glass is relatively inexpensive however it scratches easily. It is a good intro material to learning how to cut glass without burning through more expensive colored sheets. If you are using it in a leaded panel I suggest covering it in a contact paper or taping it off to keep the surface free of scratches until the panel is complete, even then it is not really the greatest for hiding a scratch...its like a neon sign in a colored glass window, drawing attention to the marks. (unfortunately I am speaking from experience from my freshman glass days)

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 08:06 AM

I use plain window glass often.  I sandwich things between 2 pieces of it.  I just have to be somewhat careful when soldering, because it will crack from heat sooner  than stained glass.

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