Copper foil overlays enable you to add elements to your stained glass pieces without an excess of break lines, in-turn giving your piece a clean streamlined look in a fraction of the time.
Risa Batterman Dera is a contemporary stained glass artist who received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design as well as a Master of Fine Arts and has explored and practiced various forms of artistic expression throughout her career both as an artist and art instructor. Captivated by the majesty and grace of stained glass since childhood it quickly became her primary artistic focus.
The Tiffany method of creating stained glass became her method of choice. This technique of producing stained glass consists of each pattern piece of glass being individually cut, ground and wrapped with copper foil before being fitted into the design. This process is similar to how a puzzle fits together. The pieces are then soldered along the foil lines, thereby creating the lead lines. It also allows for smaller pieces such as you would see in a Tiffany lamp.
The first and most basic rule when cutting glass is that you start and end the cut at the edges of the glass (the glass is cut end to end). This means you cannot start or stop in the middle of your glass. This is why stained glass often has the look that it does, with many lines running throughout. These extra lines (break lines) serve the purpose of making your glass breakable but also have a tendency to make your glass a “logistical nightmare”!
Our copper foil overlays are a great and easy way to add texture to your stained glass pieces while giving them a whimsical feel.
Contemporary Stained Glass Artist
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