The copper foil tape I needed to finish the stained glass shades for my Arts & Crafts sconces came, and I took today off work to play in the shop (and clear my head of work nonsense).
I’m pretty close to having the sconces done, but I was so eager to see if it was all going to fit together and work out that I took one stained glass shade through to completion so I could test assemble a sconce. I’ll give away the ending, it all fits OK. There are a couple of details I may want to tweak in the design, but nothing major.
Soldering the four panes and the copper piece to fit the lamp socket was a learning experience. My first one came out s0-so, I think the next will be better. Soldering an unsupported seam with gaps is a little tricky. I used blue tape to roughly position the parts in place, then tack-soldered one joint at a time, tweaking it to get the best alignment I could. Once all four parts were tack soldered I fit in the copper adapter and soldered it in place, then I soldered the seams.
Once it was all soldered it was the usual drill of washing the flux off, applying a black patina (a chemical that turns the solder black) then washing again, and finally using a special polish/wax to finish it off.