Old House Journal - - Salvage It -

Glass will shrink and ex­pand with cold and heat, so take steps to avoid break­age. These tips come from pros at Glass Ex­pres­sions (glas­s­ex­pres­ • 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 (clar­i­ty­ • 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.

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