How to Make Stained Glass Boxes

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How to Make Stained Glass Boxes
Stained glass window created by Bob Dodrill Sr. (Tara Dodrill)

Creating a stained glass box requires knowledge of stain glass working techniques. Stained glass boxes can be built to the desired size of the artisan. Boxes can hold items such as jewellery, trinkets, or other small and low weight items. They can be given as gifts or keepsakes to friends and family, and the fact that they are handmade adds a personal touch.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Stained glass panel
  • Wire rod
  • Chain (small hinge chain from a hardware store)
  • Metal tubing and rod kit
  • Soldering glass kit: soldering iron, flux paste, flux brush, running pliers, solder and foil
  • Measuring tape
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Draw a box shape and design on paper or cardboard. Cut out the shape with scissors.

  2. 2

    Use the pattern to trace the shape onto glass with a permanent marker.

  3. 3

    Cut glass with the glass-cutting tool from the soldering kit. Follow kit instructions for use.

  4. 4

    Brush flux across the side and bottom panel pieces and add foil to panels.

  5. 5

    Solder the side and bottom panel pieces.

  6. 6

    Brush flux across the box top panel piece and foil.

  7. 7

    Cut the metal tube to the length of the box top panel.

  8. 8

    Solder the metal tube to the back of the top panel piece.

  9. 9

    Insert the rod from the metal tubing kit through the attached top panel tube.

  10. 10

    Solder the inside of the box top panel to the tube attachment.

  11. 11

    Cut two pieces of chain with running pliers. The chain will attach backside panel and top panel.

  12. 12

    Solder the chain pieces to the corners of the backside panel and the top box panel.

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