How to Make Stained Glass With Beach Glass

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How to Make Stained Glass With Beach Glass
Use sea glass in stained glass projects for interesting variations. (sea glass image by Patrick Moyer from

The variations in shape, colour and texture of beach glass provide an interesting addition to a stained glass panel. The best pieces of beach glass to use in stained glass are the flatter ones because three-dimensional shapes are more difficult to solder into stained glass. Decide which pieces of beach glass to use and design the stained glass panel. The beach glass can be the focus of the panel, or included as accents to the main design.

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Things you need

  • Pattern
  • Safety glasses
  • Glass grinder
  • Lead came or copper foil
  • Wood burnisher or fid
  • Solder
  • Brush
  • Flux
  • Soldering iron
  • Soap or glass cleaner
  • Clean rag

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  1. 1

    Lay out the pieces of beach glass to use in the panel.

  2. 2

    Sketch the design using these pieces of beach glass or edit an already prepared pattern to include the beach glass.

  3. 3

    Shape the beach glass as needed with the glass grinder. Use the safety glasses to protect your eyes from glass.

  4. 4

    Wrap the copper foil around the edges of the beach glass and use the wood burnisher or fid to smooth the copper foil down firmly onto the beach glass.

  5. 5

    Fit the beach glass into place in the stained glass panel.

  6. 6

    Brush flux on the copper foil and solder the piece together with the solder and soldering iron.

  7. 7

    Clean the flux from the panel with glass cleaner or a drop of dish soap and warm water then dry the panel with the clean rag.

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