How to Repair a Broken Copper Foil Panel
It's truly unfortunate that accidents happen and beautiful copper foil window panels get damaged. But it's a reality when dealing with glass that sometimes they do get broken.
Repairing broken pieces takes time and patience, but even if you're still fairly new to making stained glass, you can still benefit from learning how it's done. Sooner or later you'll have a piece that needs repairing.
Over the years, I've had a few projects that needed repairing before they were even completed! It was usually due to a heat crack that turned up during soldering. Maybe you've had pieces in need of repair from accidental breakage too?
Well, if you do have some, now you can see the process to repair them.
I've created a video that walks you through how a repair is done, complete from removing the broken piece of glass all the way through soldering the new one in place. This video shows a broken piece of glass in the middle of a copper foil stained glass panel and all of the steps needed to repair it.
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Want to know what tools and supplies I used in the video? Here's a handy list.
- Toyo Custom Grip Supercutter: https://amzn.to/2GJQWsp
- Studio Pro Brass Pencil Grip Cutter (has ball end for tapping glass): https://amzn.to/2s2pSjG
- Leponitt Grozing Pliers: https://amzn.to/2KRtNa7
- Hakko FX601-02 Soldering Iron: https://amzn.to/2IK8c2D
- Stellar Classic Gel Flux: https://amzn.to/2x9z5M2
- Artist Pure 60/40 Solder : https://amzn.to/2LkAwud
- Nitrile Gloves: https://amzn.to/3qRW5eG
- Chipboard used to raise new piece of glass flush with panel: https://amzn.to/2J0wx7I
Give it a try!
Every repair brings unique challenges and you'll learn a lot from doing them.
I suggest starting with a simpler repair like the one shown in the video. The panel didn't bend or break in multiple spots which means that the integrity of the structure was still intact. This means that you can focus completely on the one piece without fear of the panel being unstable or easily fractured elsewhere simply by turning the piece about or tapping on the broken section.
If you love this design, the stained glass dragon pattern can be found in the store using this link: Dragon Pattern.
I'd love to hear from you! Leave reply in the comments and let me know what your favourite repair tips are.