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Hi. I have a project I'm doing for a deceased coworker. I'm making a plaque with a fire helmet in it and can't figure out how to create and/or attach numbers for our engine. How should I go about it?


From what I can tell from the photo, you have done a very good job with your design and the fabrication of your plaque.  

Perhaps the simplest, technically, way to add the numbers would to have a sign shop cut stencils in a film that would resist light sandblasting. This would be applied over the  entire plaque so as to not etch any other area. The sandblasted area, appropriately placed on the center section, would then show up as a more or less white area for the numbers.

Another way would be to use rear view mirror adhesive that cures anaerobically. This could be used to affix the numbers to the base glass.

Another way would be to cut a circle of clear glass and fix the numbers to that glass with an adhesive that sets up with ultra-violet light. Once done, foil the clear glass and plate it to the base circle by soldering it to the base. this double plating is frequently done for the added effect. the clear glass will have a reflectivity to it that the base red glass would not have on its own.

Of the three possibilities presented, I think the sandblasted solution is the best artistically.

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One of a kind custom design stained glass as well as other glass art methods and the restoration of stained glass. Inquiries regarding leaded, beveled, etched sand carved, and fused glass techniques are invited. Other methods, technical questions,history of the art and supply source inquiries also welcome. Information on the pro's and con's of protective glazing of stained glass windows. Visit for more complete information.


Over forty years experience in a wide range of techniques that include "stained glass", wood working and metal fabrication. Have worked from my own full service studio since 1977. Many major residential, commercial and religious installations from Charlottesville, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia to San Diego California as well as much of the State of Texas

Professional Affiliate,Certified Trainer, and Preferred Provider for the American Institute of Architects, AIA, Dallas, Texas. I have served on the Board of Directors of both the Texas Fine Arts Association and the Texas Visual Arts Association

Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Texas, Tyler. Master of Fine Arts, The University of North Texas, Denton. Just a few hours short of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Awards and Honors
Many first place and best of show awards in both stained glass and fine arts competitions. Steady commission work for the past ten years has obviated any recent competitive activity.

Past/Present Clients
Most recent major commissions are for American Airlines CR Smith Museum; JFK Airport Terminal 8 stained glass; TXU Energy Plaza Thor stained glass. The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Dallas and and St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, Texas

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