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Project by DaleMaley posted 07-01-2016 03:20 PM 769 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been taking some stained glass classes, and decided to build a stained glass clock. I searched the Internet and found a neat looking clock from a company in the country of Latvia. This is my first 3D type stained glass project.

I designed the clock in Sketchup. Then I designed 3 wood molds or fixtures to hold the RH side, LH side, and front face in the proper angles.

Using the 3 wood fixture, my process was:

1. Make LH side in wood fixture, foil and solder it.
2. make RH side in wood fixture, foil and solder it.
3. make front face in wood fixture, foil and solder it.
4. make back piece on flat surface, foil and solder it.
5. clamp LH side to front, tack solder
6. tack solder RH side and back to make a 4 sided box
7. drill 2 quarter-inch handle holes with diamond bit in top
8. solder top to clock
9. apply black patina to all solder

I had some gaps that were too big for solder to stick, so I used some 12-2 copper wire as a filler, which worked fine.

If you are interested in my Trials & Tribulations of making this clock, see my web site.

Thanks!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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TMcG

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#1 posted 07-01-2016 03:27 PM

Very, very nice. I’ve also been drawn to doing some stained glass work, has it been all you thought it would be going in ?

-- http://wood.mcgivern.org

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DaleMaley

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#2 posted 07-01-2016 03:55 PM


Very, very nice. I ve also been drawn to doing some stained glass work, has it been all you thought it would be going in ?

- TMcG

I have been doing woodworking related projects for 40 years and have done about every type project you can imagine. I always wanted to try stained glass, so I signed up for some classes taught at a local stained glass shop.

In the first class, we learned how to cut glass, copper foil, solder, and apply patina to a window type design. This was 5 nights at 3 hours per night. We each completed our own stained glass small window as well.

In the 2nd class, we learned the traditional lead method. 5 nights at 3 hours per class, and we did our own leaded glass window project.

I had a request to make a flower window for a relative for a Christmas 2016 gift….......so I have made a couple of these…......

I also made a Massey Harris model 44 window for my brother for a Christmas gift…......

Now I’m taking the advanced glass, and doing a 22 inch by 12 inch stained glass window of a male and female Wood ducks.

Since I enjoy making stuff, the stain glass projects have been fun. The only power tool you need is a grinder, which is about $150. You need some hand tools, which are another $200 or so. The consumables are solder, glass, lead came (if you do leaded projects), and zinc border pieces. Glass is about $9 per 10×14 inch piece.

There is no sawdust to deal with as in woodworking. Solder fumes are probably the only negative thing you deal with, and a small fan takes care of that. You must wear safety glasses when grinding the glass.

So far, it has been a fun process. I look forward to doing other 3D type items including jewelry boxes, etc.

I like designing the items I make, so it is fun to learn the design side of stained glass also.

I don’t think this is something you can efficiently learn just by watching YouTube videos. Most stained glass shops teach classes, because the students become customers of the consumable items.

thanks

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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fivecodys

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#3 posted 07-01-2016 04:20 PM

That is really beautiful Dale.
I would have never thought of doing it like that.
Very well done sir!

-- Chem, Central California

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 07-01-2016 04:31 PM



That is really beautiful Dale.
I would have never thought of doing it like that.
Very well done sir!

- fivecodys

Thanks!

My stained glass instructor says he can make a clock like this with no forms at all, of course he has been doing stained glass work for 40 years, and this is the 1st 3D box I have ever made :)

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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Mean_Dean

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#5 posted 07-02-2016 12:31 AM

Well this is a first—I’ve never seen a stained glass clock before! And I gotta say, I love it! It’ll make a fine addition to your home—and a definite conversation starter!

-- Dean

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DaleMaley

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#6 posted 07-02-2016 02:15 AM



Well this is a first—I ve never seen a stained glass clock before! And I gotta say, I love it! It ll make a fine addition to your home—and a definite conversation starter!

- Mean_Dean

Thanks

If you are interested, here is a bunch more designs for stained glass clocks from the clock company in Latvia.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 07-02-2016 02:40 PM

This is so creative and interesting and it’s a beautiful clock.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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