Introduction: DIY Glass Ornament
It's the most wonderful time of the year... =)
Step 1: Tools
For this project I was using:
80w Soldering iron - http://amzn.to/1D2SqXJ
Copper tape - http://amzn.to/1D2SGWz
This is special tape for stained glass work. You can use an aluminium or copper adhesive tape for duct work if you cut it in a thin 5mm strips.
Flux (I was using plumbing flux, but if you have a chance I would recommend you to get the flux for stained glass it's liquid and easy to appy) - http://amzn.to/1xcnnrB
Solder - http://amzn.to/1AZMeAf
Glass Cutter - http://amzn.to/1xco301
The glass itself i got from a picture frame.
Step 2: Making and Cutting
We are going to make a glass cube, so we need to divide our glass into 6 equally sized squares.
Cutting glass is a tricky process. If you have never worked with glass before, I would recommend watching some instructional videos on youtube. You can tell a good cut by the sizzling sound that glass cutting tool makes.
After the cut your glass piece will have very sharp edges. You can dull them with a piece of sandpaper.
Clean the glass with Windex to remove fingerprints and glass particles before foiling.
Step 3: Foiling
Next, use the adhesive copper tape to foil the edges of the glass squares.
Step 4: Soldering the Edges
Next, apply the flux on to the copper taped edges and apply the solder.
Step 5: Assembling the Cube
You can use a cardboard box or a wooden block with a straight 90 degree angle to tack the edges of the cube together.
Make sure you leave one side of the cube open to put something inside before closing it up.
You can put anything you want in your glass cube to make it unique and interesting. I decided to put a piece of origami inside. If you want to keep your cube empty, you can of course always do that too.
The last step is soldering a piece of metal wire on top to make a loop where you'll tie your string to.