We We recently completed a project and were asked about "cleaning up" the solder joints. Someone has asserted that joints must finished by grinding and then painting them, to achieve a uniform appearance! We have buffed panels, of course, but never this.
Has anyone else been asked about such a finishing technique? I think I have seen some door panel inserts that used brass came and had something like paint (patina??) put on the joints.
Anyway, we replied with an assertion of what we consider to be the standards of the craft: Appropriately sized solder joints based on the came size; acknowledging that windows are hand-made and that solder joints reflect the individual skill of the crafts-person working on them; and, finally, that we strive to exceed best-practices of the trade.
Last edited on Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 06:20 am by bkessler
This wouldn't be at Walter Reed in D.C. would it? The guy there drove my old bosses at Artisan Glass Works crazy with his uninformed demands--he knew nothing about stained glass and was impossible to work with. If it's someone else, there are TWO insane military people in charge of restoring windows out there.
[Also he is informing YOU what standard procedure is? I think you should be informing HIM! :)]
These situations arise where a well meaning board member who has knowledge perhaps of steel fabrication has made an inappropriate suggestion. I recently did a job where the foreman checked out all my suggestions on the web, he discovered I did know what I was talking about and the job proceeded well.
Sometimes out job is to educate our clients, but when a complaint comes out of left field like that it can feel a tad insulting. You've done the right thing and I think on the clients end if they start investigating they'll realize their mistake.
I once applied to a juried situation and got a note back on my leaded window, " patina rubs off" . Uh huh if you rub lead your finger gets black, don't take it personally, but I sympathize with the need to vent on the matter.
I agree with Susana, it sounds like someone with welding experience is applying it to stained glass.
I have repaired quite a few of the door inserts that are done using brass came and triple glazed. The joints on them are not ground, but they are indeed painted with gold paint. Some small pieces of glass are actually wrapped with lead came and the lead is painted with gold paint. But that's another story!
Grinding and painting solder joints is not normal practice, it's a bit late asking for unusual methods after the job has been done, they should have specified as part of the contract and you could have charged extra over for the your time.