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How to make and personalize a stained glass box!
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

Picture of Tools & Materials
  • Glass (any type of glass will work, however you generally want all of your pieces to have roughly the same thickness. I find that buying glass from a store that sells window panes is a good way to get fairly cheap clear glass or even mirror. I buy glass that is 1/8 inches thick because its less expensive and easier to cut, but still sturdy.)
  • Copper foil (I usually get foil that is 7/32 inches wide and has a black back. The black back is so that when you place the foil around clear glass, there is no copper showing through, however this is optional.)
  • Solder (60:40, tin:lead)
  • Copper wire (for the hinge)
  • Flux & brush (this allows the solder to spread along the copper foil more easily)
  • Etching paste & squeegee (this gives the glass a frosted look)
  • Contact paper (sticky on one side but easily removable; used to create a stencil for glass etching; this can be bought at places like ACE Hardware)
  • Soldering iron (I have the 'Weller W1140a Stained Glass Soldering Iron' and it works great)
  • Fid (plastic tool about 7 inches long that is used to push/rub the copper foil onto the glass; the side of a plastic pen can also be used as a replacement)
  • Glass cutter (I use an oil cutter because it cuts glass better while requiring little effort)
  • Right angle ruler (can be replaced with a regular ruler)
  • Wire cutters
  • Wet sponge (to clean the soldering iron)
  • Exacto knife (for cutting the stencil)
  • Safety goggles

I buy most of my supplies at The Stained Glass Garden in Berkeley, Ca ( however they do not have very much online. If there is a store that specializes in stained glass near you, they will definitely have everything you need. If not, this site works well for online shopping, (the method you are using is the copper foil method and the flux is listed under chemicals).