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Hi, I purchased a couple lots of stained glass tools and supplies from estate sales.Some of the copper foil still in unopened packages. When I've attempted to use I'm finding the adhesive properties not great. Some times it sticks and sometimes it don't. I used alcohol to clean edges but doesn't seem to help. Is there anything I can do to salvage this foil or is it all garbage?

Older copper foil is  difficult to use.  If it sticks at all and you can get it in place and manage to solder it, you will have a weak join and will probably leak air on an outside window.
You can buff it up by sliding it between some steel wood so that it will solder better but it's not worth fooling with if the adhesive is gone.

wish I could give you a positive answer on the foil, but great on your estate purchase. Enjoy your stained glass, I love it, as you can see on my web page.

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Questions about construction of stained glass using copper foil or lead. Repair, designing a pattern, how I go about helping my customers achieve their goals.


I've been doing stained glass for about 35 years. Teach stained glass in my studio and at the local University (UTA Eontinuing Edu)for over 25 years.

Many art related organizations, and several business organization Ecademy, RYZE, LINKEDIN.

Many trade magazine and have published several art/craft instrucitonal books.

Some formal college, but no degree. I just took classes that I thought would help me through life and did not work toward a degree.

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