How to use the Lead

MiLeadlighting Store - Using the Lead

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1, Clean glass thoroughly (with 1 part Methylated Spirits to 20 parts water). Ensure it’s completely dry and test for adhesion between glass and lead. If complete adhesion is not obtained, glass may be too cold or damp and the use of a hair dryer is recommended to warm glass (NOT HOT).

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2, Measure the height and width of window - inside frame. Draw outline on paper or cardboard and construct suitable rectangles to form a template.  Try approx. 120W x 220H (a diamond pattern is produced by drawing in the diagonals). Attach the template to inside of window frame.

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3, Prepare by cutting required length of lead for each line (plus a small bit extra ~30mm) and straighten out by gently pulling between finger and thumb. Remove backing paper progressively, ensure to avoid touching the adhesive, and press lead on glass - applying finger pressure along the lead and following the pattern on template.

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4, Secure the lead onto the glass by running the concave formed edge of the boning tool along the complete length of the lead face applying firm and even pressure. Holding the pointed end at about 45°, run the boning tool along each outer edge of the lead using a firm, smooth action. At cross-over's, bone thoroughly to remove air ensuring watertight joints.

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5, Complete the design by running a length of lead around perimeter, covering all cut ends. If ends are protected by beading, perimeter lead is not necessary. With a little practice, curved work can be achieved just as simply as straight lines, using the same technique.

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Note: When new lead is exposed to rain, oxidisation can occur in the form of a white powder. This will dissipate within a short time.

Other uses for this product include mirrors, cabinet windows, doors and skylights.

Health & Safety: Certain basic precautions should be used when handling lead; keep away from children & wash hands thoroughly after use or before eating or smoking.