PROCESS

Meg works in the copper foil technique of stained glass, the same process that Tiffany style lamps are made. Each piece of glass is individually cut and ground into shape, thin copper tape is wrapped around the edges, and then piece by piece the object is soldered together into its final form. She uses 60/40 solder (60% tin, 40% lead), that finishes to a bright silver. Don't panic! The lead present in the solder is only harmful if inhaled, so as long as you don't take a grinder to it (and then deliberately huff the dust?), everything will be peaches. Patina can then be applied which transforms the silver solder to black or copper. The finished object gets a thorough wax and polish, and another beautiful thing enters the world.

This process is quite labor intensive, and done entirely by hand. Meg feels a great sense of pride in keeping an old trade alive, one that is typically passed down generationally through the master/apprentice relationship. She learned from her dad at a young age who was self taught, and some of his first creations were terrariums. Go figure.