Decorative Solder: How To Add Extra Details

​How to Create Simple Decorative Solder

If you've ever wondered how to add extra details to your stained glass pieces, ​consider decorative solder. There are many styles to use and some are easier than others.

Creating a simple decorative solder could take your piece from "Nice" to "Wow." And once you get the hang of it, you'll start looking for places to jazz up your stained glass with your fancy soldering!

Some folks dread soldering because it can be a bit of a challenge. Just remember not to get too hung up and stressed out about ​it. It can be a relaxing exercise if you just try to go with the flow. (Haha Did you catch the pun there? )  

When soldering, if something doesn't go quite as planned, keep the following in mind:

  • If you don't like where the solder landed, you can move it. 
  •  In case you didn't add enough solder, you can​ easily add some more.
  •  Put too much? You can always remove some of the excess.

It may take a little fiddling to get ​the solder just the way you want but the nice thing about working with ​it is that nothing is permanent! 

Here's a little video demonstrating a simple decorative solder technique you can use to get started. ​It will add an interesting finish to the edges of your suncatchers and you'll be surprised at how much you'll learn from doing this, that you may find your smooth soldering getting easier. It's all about learning how to control the solder. ​

​Remember, practice will make things become almost second nature. So what are you waiting for? Heat up that soldering iron and practice, practice, practice! And don't forget to let me know how it goes in the comments.

Want to know more about which soldering irons I use? You can find a complete list of my favourite tools and supplies here: Stained Glass Tools - Getting Started

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Diane - March 1, 2018 Reply

Can I put decorative solder on lead came edging ?