I chose to make a large stained glass window in our family room. Since I was younger, I liked the look of stained glass when the light catches it and I have always wanted it in my very own home when I could afford it. After taking a few soldering classes I felt confident enough to make my very own stained glass window. I had all the materials I needed, liquid flux no clean, soldering flux pen, lead solder wire and soldering iron wire. I planned on putting copper foil on it as well to make it look a little like a Tiffany lamp. My family was amazed by how much idea I have put into the project but by staying concentrated and paying attention to each information I was sure I might make something gorgeous.
It started out promising. I was able to choose the ideal glass pieces and was able to fit every little thing go there
together so it was just a matter of putting it together. The first thing that went wrong was that I used silver soldering wire at first. This caused everything to look a little off and the metal did not all match. I figured it would not matter because I would put copper all over it so I continued. Then it got too hot and the glass began splitting. I took a break at this point to not get distressed. I was so surprised that I was having such a difficult time.
When I returned to it I tried using a different kind of solder liquid flux. The solder was still breaking the glass and after I had ripped through half of my glass I chose it was time to get imaginative. I began making a brand new collage of the glass and attempted to make it attractive. After days of work I finally made it work. I concentrated on each small fragment of glass and was able to finally put it together. It was abstract and did not have any pattern to it but I thought it was a special piece that would work completely in our living room. Once everything was set I finally was confident enough to put it in our window.
Our living room has a huge box window that was ideal for a stained glass window in the center. I carefully took out the main pane and replaced it with the stained glass pane. I stood back and the sun shone through all the vibrant colors. Unfortunately, my partner and kids were away on a camping trip so I had to wait and see exactly what they thought in a few days. Until then I gazed at the window throughout sunny afternoons or in the morning as I enjoyed my morning coffee while making considering the hard work I had done.
When my family got back I can barely wait to reveal them my work. My partner and kids went to see it and stared at it for about a minute. I looked at them, worried, and asked them what they thought. My 14-year-old son looks at me and eloquently states, "Mom, it kind of looks like Seth Rogen."