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 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2018 04:51 pm
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Don Burt

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Can someone please tell me the paragraph-length overview of the process of a panel repair. A panel that I made broke and later fell. A number of pieces are damaged and I'd like to totally re-lead it. My inkling of the process is something like this:
Number the pieces or trace them so you know where they go.
    Soak the panel in some stuff (what stuff, water?)
    Hack at the leads with cutting pliers and get them off
    scrape the putty off
    Replace or repair the damage
    Relead the pieces

The center panel (see attached) is cracked diagonally. I'd like to glue it. The crack started before the piece fell. I suspect it was an annealing issue with the fusing on the glass. My kiln may have had an element out, or I may have been negligent in allowing sufficient annealing. My plan is to reanneal it, then glue it. It will be my first experience with hxtal, or whatever HIS Glassworks recommends. I watched Mary Higgins work with it once at a conference. Seems straightforward. The broken border pieces, I will have to re-make. I really love the way they look, but they were weak and I need to find a more robust way to do what they did. But then again, if the gluing is fun, maybe I'll just glue them

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 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2018 04:54 pm
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Don, make a rubbing first, and number all the pieces, unless you still have original pattern.....

Barbara in Michigan

 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2018 09:30 pm
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1- are all the numbered pieces broken?
2- why do you want to relead it?
3-If the center cracked because of stress. The stress is
now released. So I don't see a need to refire. If the
glass is in plane and the crack is tight and clean, you
can glue it in the leads
4-If the putty is not hard, no need to soak. You should be
able to cut and pull everything apart

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