Pro Tip: Use leaded glass construction where you need
added flex-ability such as a door insert. Copper foiled work
is much too ridged and increases the possibility of broken glass
where lateral shock is expected.
Pro Tip: 50/50 solder should be used to minimize excessive
solder from getting below the crown of the lead. Lower melting
temperature solders such as 60/40 tend to seep past and below
the crown increasing the chance of added stress on the glass
beneath resulting in breakage when handling the window. 50/50
solder also gives an overall neater joint but risk of melting
the lead beneath is increased. Use a controller to regulate iron
temperatures. Flat lead melts easier than round lead so use care.
Pro Tip: Choose the proper pattern shears for intended
core of lead to be used. Tolerances are strict during construction
and slightest differences in core allowances and blade thickness
of shears can result in a poor fit.
Pro Tip: Use sheet plastic to cover working copy when
laying out cut pieces of glass. Slide plastic off draft and pull
working copy out from under plastic and glass at same time.