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emeltee
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« on: August 19, 2017, 09:08:59 AM »

I'm fairly new to stained glass so please bear with me. Using the copper foil method I have made some things ( a bee, a butterfly etc) which I would like to attach to stakes to put in the garden. However I have no idea of the best way to do this or what I should use. Can anyone help. please.

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Moira HFG
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2017, 09:04:50 PM »

I suppose it depends how long you want them to last, and how much you want to spend.

Expensive and serious - you could buy custom metal stakes from someone like Pat Roche in Ireland.
Cheap and simple - you could solder a length of copper wire to the the piece, and wrap the wire around the top of a pea stick, or bamboo pole, or welding rod. Or you could make a loop and hang the piece from a tree.

If you do this, make sure you fix the copper wire across a couple of seams, not just to the edge, or it will just pull the edge away from the glass.

Post pics!

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emeltee
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2017, 09:07:33 AM »

Many thanks for the advice Moira. Would I have to bend the wire and follow a seam or could I leave it straight and just do a dot of solder where it crosses a seam? Sorry if that sounds stupid but as I said I am new to all this and still trying to discover the 'tricks of the trade' so to speak.

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Nina A
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 10:39:24 AM »

I don't think that the copper foil would stand up to the British wet weather for very long. 
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emeltee
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 10:52:16 AM »

So what do you suggest I use?
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