Mosaic

Stained Glass Candy Corn

By  Debi Cronin  for  Diamond Tech

size: 25-1/2"x7"

Materials

  • Diamond Tech Studio Pro Glass, one sheet each: Peaches & Cream (910862); White Opaque (93052); Yellow Cathedral (916012)
  • Diamond Tech Studio Pro: 60/40 Solder; Stained Glass Foiling Tape, 7/32”; Copper Patina; Finishing Compound
  • Tin core jump rings, 8mm, 12
  • Black/white polka dot ribbon, 1/4”-wide
  • Natural raffia
  • Black twine or filament

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Studio Pro Tools: Studio 100 Soldering Iron with 750 tip; Acrylic Glass Cutter; Glass Cutting Oil; Running Pliers, 1”; Breaker/Grozer; Safety Flux; Flux Brush or cotton swabs, two; Fid Pack or craft sticks; Foil Shears, Long Tweezers, Safety Glasses, Heat Resistant Work Surface

Basic Supplies

  • cardstock, ruler, scissors, glue stick, tape, permanent marker, soft brush

Pattern - Stained Glass Candy Corn

  • 1. Print out full-size patterns. Cut out patterns; adhere to cardstock. Cut again directly on pattern outline with foil shears. (Note: Cut just inside printed line if cutting with regular scissors.)
  • 2. Measure and mark each glass sheet into three 4"x12" strips using marker. Keeping wheel perpendicular to glass, score glass with cutter. Drag hand while scoring to control motion across lines. (Note: For best results, stand while cutting glass. Push or pull cutter, steering from elbow and shoulder, not wrist. Score glass on shiniest or smoothest side, making only one score at a time. Avoid scoring less than 1/2" from edge of glass and rescoring same line.)
  • 3. For traditional candy corn pattern, adhere Pattern 1 to white glass, Pattern 2 to orange glass, and Pattern 3 to yellow glass using glue stick. If glass has pattern or texture, make sure it is running in same direction.
  • 4. After oiling cutter, cut pattern pieces from glass by scoring. "Run the score" by placing pliers across score line and squeezing gently to separate glass.
  • 5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to create six candy corn sets. Make all pieces in traditional pattern or vary pattern if desired. If edges are uneven, use breaker/grozer to trim away edge until satisfied. Wash all glass pieces well with soapy water and rinse. Wipe dry.
  • 6. Peel back 2"-3" of backing from foil. Holding glass with edge toward you, apply foil, extending evenly over both sides. Fold or crimp foil over edges, keeping corners neat and flat. Rub foil against glass with fid, pressing foil flat against outside edges first, then sides of glass. (Note: Do not make scrubbing motion; foil will rip.) Foil all glass pieces; place on heat resistant surface.
  • 7. Tape glass pieces together temporarily, avoiding outside edges. Pull out approximately 9" of solder from spool; do not cut.
  • 8. Tack solder on outside edge seams by placing small amount of flux where seams meet. Holding soldering iron above project, allow solder to drop onto fluxed location.
  • 9. Once pieces are tack-soldered into place, remove tape. Apply flux to seams using brush. Place hot iron tip on desired seam with narrow edge facing up. Once tip is on foil, place solder from spool about 1/2" from end of tip. Gently push solder into tip while moving tip along seam. Ease up on amount of solder when reaching end of seam. Wipe tip and place iron in stand. Carefully turn project over with tweezers as glass will be hot. Repeat process to flux and solder back seams.
  • 10. Apply flux to outer edges and repeat Step 9 to solder edges.
  • 11. Position project flat on work surface. Align jump ring on each side of corn where glass pieces 2 and 3 meet. Holding one jump ring with long tweezers, flux and tack solder as in Step 8. Repeat on other side of corn. Flip over and tack solder on other side to secure.
  • 12. When project is cool, wash again with soap, water, and soft brush. Rinse and let dry.
  • 13. Apply copper patina to solder with flux brush. Buff and shine using finishing compound.
  • 14. Lay finished corn pieces side-by-side across work surface, jump rings together. Cut 4-1/2" raffia lengths. Tie corn together by threading ribbon through adjacent jump rings and tying around raffia bunches; trim ends. Repeat until corn is joined into bunting. Thread black twine or filament through jump rings at back to reinforce. Hang bunting from additional lengths of ribbon or filament.