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love the creativity of designing and
building great glass. We've got several
homes that we're imagining glass for right
now. Design is Jeanne's favorite part!
also belong to the Utah Valley Arts Association
and we think all artists in Utah Valley
ought to be taking advantage of their
installed some great sidelights in May and
an exhibitor borrowed stained glass from
us for a display in Las Vegas. We hope to
be able to offer this backlighting system
we showed how to drill using a grinder. I'm
hoping that the technique will be very
valuable to other artists. Now we're in
transition, getting the lead out of our
Recently Jeanne attended a health fair and they
offered a blood-lead test for a small fee. She took it out of curiosity
and found that she had 0.06 (6 micrograms) of lead per deciliter of
blood. The old standard was 0.10 or higher in children and
0.40 in adults was considered dangerous. Recently the CDC has lowered the
standard for children to be 0.05
No amount of lead is safe and 0 is normal. So we
decided to get rid of it.
When soldering using lead free, the iron must be
hotter, we use the same flux and the solder doesn't flow as readily.
Here I'm using 50/50 solder and it flows easier.
With the lead free, I have to drag the solder along
and baby sit it every step of the way.
The tip seems to get dirty faster than with leaded
solder and so you have to work to keep it clean.
Electronic manufacturers report that tips don't
last as long in their industry now that they've converted to lead free
I use a water soaked sponge to keep the tip clean.
I also use a sal ammoniac block to keep the tip "tinned" well.
I can tell that this method takes a little more
work, but it will probably become easier as I get used to the new
The flow is different, it's almost like you
forgot to flux.
With the lead free I have to put the solder right
on the tip. It doesn't flow off easily.
The lead free costs about 50% more than solder with
lead, but it is very shiney when applied. Folks who make sun catchers
and jewelry will love the results.
We have found that working with
lead free solder is almost impossible on 3D projects, so we've elected
to continue with leaded stuff in those applications. And It just isn't
worth it to use lead free when doing a large project where the window
will be encased, so there are a few instances that we continue to use