I'm making a small panel (13x16) with a simple lead pattern. I would like to plate some of the piece in two layers. Maybe the whole panel. I've think I remember Vic describing a process for plating using high-heart came and siliconing the glass pieces together at the edge, but I don't have any of that came on hand. I can get a box of high-heart I guess, but if there is a good way to do it otherwise, I'd be interested to hear it. I don't see a way to simply solder the layers together and avoid putty issues. I'd prefer using lead over copper foil at least on the front. Is there a way to do it, or should I just resign and buy a box of high-heart? Thanks in advance for any advice.
1- you can lift 1/2 the back flange (assuming you're plating on the back) from horizontal to vertical. Then cut a came in an "L" shape. Solder the "L" to the vertical flange to form 1/2 a high heart.
2- Use the highest H came you have slice 1/2 the flange and slowly lift it up where you need the extra height. Cut a lead strip and solder up the hole.
3- Solder 2 cames together. Build the base layer with regular H came. For the plate, wrap it in a U came and solder it to the H came.
When soldering 2 pieces of came together, only putty the outer flanges, not the inside ones. Use a dry putty mix and don't push too hard. You don't want the putty to get between the plates. I don't silicone the plates together. If this is not done a dry climate, you may trap moisture between the glass.
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