Saturday, July 16, 2011

How To Cement Your Lead Came Projects

When using the lead came technique to create your stained glass projects, an important step you need to learn is how to cement your lead came projects.

After all the joints of your lead came project have been soldered on both sides and the finished piece is much larger than a small suncatcher, you need to cement the lead came.

The cementing process will strengthen and waterproof your finished project.

This process is absolutely necessary for large projects like glass windows, doors, or
decorative wall hangings.

Learning how to cement your lead came project isn't really rocket science but there are some steps you need to follow if you expect your project to have a professional look.

Natural Color Cement - 15 Lbs
  • First, either whip up a batch of cement or purchase a "ready to use" cement that is specifically designed for use with stained glass.
  • Next, using a natural hair bristle brush, force the cement under all the lead came leaves of your project.
  • Force the excess putty out of the leaves from the lead came if you have used flat came. Do this with your lathkin or a smooth piece of wood.
  • Now using a sharp pointed dowel, remove any excess cement from around the joints.
  • Next, scrub your project with a dry natural bristle brush after sprinkling some fine sawdust or whiting over the project. This polishes your project and cleans away any remaining oils, dirt or grimy grease.
  • After you have completed one side of your project, turn it over and repeat the process on the other side.
Place your project on a flat surface, let it air dry for 24 to 36 hours and you're finished.

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