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STAINED GLASS SMALL SUNCATCHER 0001
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DESCRIPTION: This is a small-sized suncatcher (approximately 8 inches long by 2.75 inches wide).
COLOR: blues with green, wispy, light purple/pink
TEXTURE: some heavy textured glass in the center, less texture surrounding
PATINA: SILVER (no patina, natural lead-lines)
A NOTE ABOUT THIS STAINED GLASS
This stained glass item was handcrafted using the Tiffany Method of Stained Glass.
THE GENERAL PROCESS: First, we cut and grind the glass. Next each piece of glass is wrapped in copper foil and soldered together using 60/40 (tin/lead) solder*. A patina may be applied to change the color of the solder. Finally, the piece is polished with a wax finishing compound** which gives the solder and glass a beautiful shine.
*Solder and patina will naturally dull over time. You can choose to leave it as is, but if you like the shiny solder lines, you can periodically buff them with simple car wax to maintain shine. (IMPORTANT NOTE: If your stained glass has patina applied (if the solder lines are any color other than silver) use only Carnauba (car) wax with no added polishing agents because you don't want the abrasion, it may lighten or remove the patina!) Polishing agents are ok if your stained glass has silver solder lines (silver = no patina). Black and copper lines are caused by patina which you don't want to polish away.
**This item contains lead. The wax finishing seals the lead and creates a protective barrier to slow down corrosion/oxidation. You should periodically rewax or buff stained glass suncatchers. That being said, obviously, lead can be harmful if ingested - keep out of reach of children (who tend to put things in their mouths), and wash hands after handling.
Hang sun catchers in a window. You may consider using a removable wall hanger (such as Command Strips). Suction cups are NOT recommended as they sometimes fail (which would be disastrous to your stained glass).
Materials used include Glass, Copper Foil, 60/40 Tin/Lead Solder, Patina, Wax, heavy fishing monofilament for hanging
Weight: 3.4 oz
approx measurements (inches): 8" length x 2.75" width x 1/8" thick