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  QUESTION: How can I repair [lead-safely] the roof of a small stained glass house? 18 Sep 2004, USA

I recently bought a stained glass little house made by forma vitrum. The roof piece on one side has come off. I tried hot glue but with the heat of the light bulb it doesn't hold.

The copper foil in on the edges of where it was originally but not on the 3 side edges of the small glass roof. how would I repair? does stain glass soldering need a different type gun when what my husband uses in the garage on some wire on fixing some of my lamps?

Thank you for any help.
Nan Menker

ANSWER: 18 Sep 2004

Dear Nan,

It sounds like your project is copper foiled. This is quite tricky to work with and requires a delicate touch with a hot (80-100 Watt) soldering iron and 60-40 solder. This obviously has a high lead content and combined with the acid flux required tends to give off some rather nasty fumes. I would recommend you take it to a leadlight studio to have it repaired professionally and under appropriate conditions for the dispersal of fumes.

Good luck
Dr Marc Grunseit

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