Working With Adhesive Lead Part 2.
Making Your Own Blank Suncatcher.
To make this lightcatcher you will need the following:
- 3mm float glass cut to the size you require.
- 9mm or 12mm FLAT profile lead.
- 2 small pieces of fuse wire/paper clips.
- Boning Tool (or something hard plastic).
- Sharp Implement to make a small hole in the lead.
- Round pencil or pen to make the hanger on.
- A mat or something to work on.
It is possible to buy lead with an Oval profile. This is great for laying flat on glass but is remarkably difficult to bend round the edge of glass. If you find it difficult to bend the lead, even with the flat lead, try warming it up slightly on a radiator or something BUT don’t heat it up too much or you will get burnt.
This video will show you two different methods for making a rectangular lightcatcher. We now recommend the second method as it is far less hassle than the first (as you will see).
It is not necessary to use glass in something like this. Something like perspex / plexiglass will do fine. Obviously you will need to ensure you have the correct tools to cut it with. Also the suncatcher doesn’t have to be rectangular. Another of our guides will show you how to make a round one. It can also be square or the rectangular shape can be landscape format as well as portrait. Basically it depends on the piece of work you are doing.
If you make a lot of suncatchers you may want to make these in batches rather than individually. The glass cutting can be a bit of a pain. If you need a few pieces you may be able to come to an arrangement with your local glazier to cut them for you. It will save a lot of issues. Glaziers tend to know what they are doing and have less breakages.