GLASS IN THE GARDEN
Glass will shrink and expand with cold and heat, so take steps to avoid breakage. These tips come from pros at Glass Expressions (glassexpressions.com). • For the cames that hold individual pieces of stained glass, choose softer lead; copper foil is generally used for interior work. • Leave more than typical space at joints: 1∕ 8" instead of 1∕ 16". • Use a good polishing compound to seal glass and lead. Try Stained Glass Finishing Compound, a carnauba wax by Clarity Glass (clarityglass.com). • Any type of glass should stand up outside, but thicker glass weathers better. Fused glass is generally thicker and works well in outdoor settings. • Just polishing the glass every few years will clean it and keep it sparkling.