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Stained Glass Memento Box is 7.58" x 10.75" x 2.25", mirror bottom. Multi colored opal glass, yellow irridescent bottom . Chain holds the box open. Rubber feet to prevent scratching furniture.
Available upon request in additional color schemes. Can be personalized with copper vinyl lettering.
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Stained Glass Memento Box Process
I select the glass for each box from hundreds if not thousands of glass choices. Glass looks much different with light in front of it, than it does with light shining from behind such as in a window. So one of the biggest factors in whether the colors succeed or fail together is taking this into account.
The next step in the process is developing a pattern. Small tight curves are almost impossible to be cut in glass so additional design lines must sometimes be added to get the pattern just right for cutting. A special scissor with two sets of blades on one side is used to take out a small portion in between the pieces to allow for surrounding the edges in copper foil. Each piece is numbered and lettered as well as the whole view which the glass is placed on.
Aluminum channel is placed on 4 sides of the box lid pattern, carefully measured and squared so that the box will not skew during the grinding and foiling process. The channels also keep the glass from growing outside the boundaries of the pattern. Being aluminum, they do not allow the solder to stick to them.
Glass is scored and broken into the shapes, after being marked with a sharpie marker around the pattern. Care must be taken to completely brush all glass shards in between pieces, so that the pressure from scoring doesn't break a piece of glass with a tiny shard under it.
After the cutting the grinding begins. This is the longest and most arduous process of all. Rectangle pieces that can be scored with a strip cutter need very little grinding, but pieces with many curves take much longer to fit to the pieces adjacent to them.
When all the pieces fit into the aluminum channel, the foiling begins. This makes every piece now much tighter than it was, and more grinding ensues. Foiling, grinding, rinse and repeat. Once the box lid is foiled, it now begins to look pretty, except for the number and letters still on the glass. Definitely a necessary evil during the process.
Flux is applied before soldering the pieces together. A thin rounded line of solder is the goal, and is definitely easier some days than others. Yes, patience is a virtue when producing glass boxes.
Once the front and back are soldered, the copper or zinc channel is applied to the edges, to make it smooth and professional. After this point, the flux and numbers are rinsed off. Patina is applied. Then the rubbing begins. An old terry cloth is rubbed until the solder is bright and shiny, and then it's rubbed some more. Wax is applied which also helps remove the numbers and letters and cleans the glass. More rubbing ensues to shine up the solder and glass, and it finally looks like a beautiful panel.
But now the lower box part of the process begins. Side pieces and bottom are cut, ground and foiled to fit the box lid. This is all assembled within the aluminum channel grid so that the corners are square, and the size ends up exactly the same as the box lid.
The bottom is rinsed of flux, patinaed and waxed the same as the box lid. Now come the swearing. This is definitely the most difficult part of the process - soldering the hinges. The lid is held onto the box with large rubber bands in all directions so that it doesn't move. A folded paper is placed between the lid and box on the backside, to perform as a ledge for the hinge to rest on. The smaller hinge part is then fluxed and soldered to the top. The box it turned upside down, the paper removed, and the larger hinge part is soldered to the box bottom. Solder only sticks to the place where the flux is applied, so if any remaining flux was on the box edge, you can and DO end up with a box that is soldered together. 34 years of practice has made this an almost foolproof method.
The chain is soldered to the box lid and the corner of the box bottom and the area is rinsed, rubbed, patinaed, rubbed, and waxed and rubbed to now become a completed box!
Stained Glass Memento Box by Sparkle Glass Creations