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Finishing Stained Glass Techniques

Washing, Patina to Finishing

A project can remain attractive with a proper finish.


  • Cleaning- A good dish soap preceded with sudsy ammonia will both clean, remove and neutralize acids. Products have been created for this step but generally are not recommended.


  • Patina- Patina is generally applied using a brush. Dip brush in patina solution and apply to solder and or lead. Methods of applying patina vary from creating a bath to place small objects in or using a spray bottle to mist the project and working in with a nylon brush.
    Never use a rag or pour patina in puddles and work into project.
    Loose ends of the rag may splash patina around and possibly into your eyes even if eye protection is used.


  • Polishing- Use a commercial finishing compound or simply spray project with furniture polish and work to a brilliant luster. Periodical cleaning preserves a desired finish.


Pro Tip: Steel wool is used for stubborn stains in pots and woodworking. Use for stained glass should be avoided. Brass wool or a fine brush is used for removing oxidation on lead or solder.

Pro Tip: Copper patina must be preceded with a thorough cleaning to avoid contamination and sealed with a good quality finishing compound.

Pro Tip: Patina's are made from acid. Use care during use and avoid cloth rags and paper based material to apply. Follow all manufacturer's safety and hazard statements.