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Utilizing wood form to make stained glass clock brass base

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Project by DaleMaley posted 11-14-2017 12:32 PM 336 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am always looking for unique stained glass designs to build, besides the basic flat 2D panel. So far, I have built a stained glass airplane with a kaleidoscope inside, and a 3D box shaped clock design from Latvia.

I recently saw a very unique design done by a stained glass artisan in Maine. His little clock design has…..

-mixture of lead channel and copper foil techniques
-brass finials
-brass 90 degree angles
-brass banding commonly used on lamps
-big (1/4” diameter) blue glass beads
-little (1/8”) blue glass beads

It took me a few days just to find out where to buy all these unique items. The only item I could not find was the small brass base, about 3×7 x 3/4”...........so I decided to try building my own base from 0.012” brass sheet.

I routed the edge profile I wanted for the base on a piece of scrap pine 1×4. Then I used the wood form, the vise, and a 1/4” steel rod, to make the brass sides. I soldered them up, then applied stained glass patina chemical to turn it a very dark brown.

I saw a Youtube video where a guy filled a floor lamp base with Quikrete for weight. I have not decided if I need to do this step or not on my project.

I used my miter saw to saw the 45 degree angles for the brass base pieces. I also used it to saw the lead channel pieces. On the short brass pieces, I used the Dremel to cut the angle….because I thought the pieces were too short to safely miter saw. I put the wood form inside the brass pieces to support it, when I miter sawed them.

To see and read about my Trials & Tribulations of making this little decorative clock, see my woodworking web site.

Thanks!

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





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 11-14-2017 02:03 PM

Truly lovely.

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DaleMaley

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#2 posted 11-14-2017 02:45 PM

Thank!

It really turned out nicer than I expected !

Thanks

Dale


Truly lovely.

- BurlyBob


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

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#3 posted 11-14-2017 04:38 PM

Beautiful work Dale. I always enjoyed doing more of the 3d stuff with stained glass myself, this is really inspirational.

-- Darren, KCMO, http://www.popsshop.us

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#4 posted 11-14-2017 05:17 PM

Thanks!

A lot of patience is required, because the pieces involved are relatively small. I had to use a dental pick to help insert the small glass pieces into the lead channel, for example.

Thanks again

Dale


Beautiful work Dale. I always enjoyed doing more of the 3d stuff with stained glass myself, this is really inspirational.

- Darren


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

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