My Unique Stained Glass Scissors…and no, I don’t run with them!
Before building a stained glass panel, I design the pattern and make two copies of it. I build the glass panel on top of one copy, and cut up the other copy to use as pattern pieces. This second copy gets cut out with a special pair of lead shears. These shears have three blades which automatically remove a thin strip of paper between the two pieces being cut, to compensate for the width of the lead came. This allows the glass to fit together perfectly when assembled with the lead. This process can be time consuming…and we haven’t even started cutting the glass!