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Pinning the Glass Parts to the Form


Glass Headed Pins
              Glass Head Steel Shank Pins
       Common Pin with Rubber Band

 Pins are necessary in the WordenSystem™ of lamp construction; this round glass headed type is the best we have found. They will not melt if touched by the hot solder or tip. They are placed between the seams to hold the growing glass pieces in place and placed under small pieces to hold them up above the form surface even with larger pieces.
    Hold the glass pieces securely to the form with pins.  This is a  foolproof and inexpensive part of the WordenSystem™ allowing for the clean and easy removal of your lamp shade after tack soldering.  Be sure you have an ample supply of pins - use glass headed, or plain common pins with a piece of rubber band KNOTTED tightly around the shank
    When working with long pieces of glass take advantage of the pincushion effect of the styrofoam forms. Use small flat headed common pins like stilts under the glass parts to be raised off the form. The pins support the glass part away from the form and provide stability until tack soldering is completed.
    Flux will rust steel pins. Rinse and dry steel pins after each use and they will last for years.

Place pins under glass to hold smalled pieces up.

Completely cover form with glass parts. Hold with pins.

    There can be no forcing; each piece must lay without moving or buckling the pieces next to it. Use the natural pin cushion feature of the form by placing pins under parts to hold them up. Slant pins into the form to hold each part securely.
    If you are a beginner at cutting glass don’t be too critical in your first cutting and trimming attempts. Practice cutting to pattern on plain window glass. Forge ahead and do the best you can, keeping in mind that the form will be completely covered with glass parts and later the spaces in between will be filled with solder. Gaps in seams 1/8” in width and open spaces at intersections of seams are no problem to fill. This method allows the experienced craftsman to fit together each part so tight that hardly any gaps show. Pin only don’t solder yet.
    Glass selection and one’s ability to present the color and color tones are far more important than extremely fine, neat seams. A combination of glass selection, artistic ability and workmanship is the ultimate goal. The search for glass and interpreting the color and color tones to the design will give your finished shade a more life-like appearance with a living glow of transmitted light.
    Organization is important. Cut out all identical glass pieces needed for each repeat. Completely cover full and sectional forms. Store remaining parts for each repeat in separate containers. Mark the pattern number on each with a felt tip pen for easy identification after you wash and dry them.