I've tried Google, but end up with too many bad hits...
I'm trying to figure out what to ask for when looking for 1/8" wide and 1/4"
wide black "pinstriping" tape. I'm using it to make some faux stained glass.
Electrical tape should work - IF they made it in those widths.
I've been able to located the actual tape made by stained glass kit
companies, but at $5.00 for 2 feet, that's a bit outrageous.
My only real concern is how easy will it be to remove later on.
Go to a store that sells doll houses and accessories. They have an
aluminum tape that is used as electric circuits in doll houses (taped
to doll house walls before covering it with wallpaper. The doll house
lamp wires and pointed plugs are just stuck into the wall so they
contact the tape). I have used the 1/4" size, but I don't know if they
have it any thinner. You could cut it down the middle.
Apply some painter's tape and paint it black. Trim out joints with a
razor blade, prior to painting, where the lines cross. Acryllic paint
should be easy to scrape off smoothe glass with a razor blade scraper.
There is stuff at hobby stores - Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics - that is
applied like caulk and makes a raised "lead" line, but I've never used
it. There is also a gel medium, at the same stores or art stores - that
is used to thicken and raise artist's acryllics; it might make your lead
lines look more real; also have metallic color acryllic paints to mix
with it. You can use a thinning medium with acryllic paint for the
colored "glass" part of your project, but would take a bit of
Do you really want it dead flat like electrical tape? That's going to
look fake, not faux. Check out Decra Led - it's a self-adhesive lead
tape with a profile and is a good way to go for the leaded glass look
(stained glass is colored glass). The stuff isn't dirt cheap like
electrical tape, but it will last far longer and look far better. If
you want it black you can use one of the brush on chemical patination
I've used this stuff: Redi Lead:
It's lasted on some glass ornaments I've used for 2 or 3 years without
a problem. You get 21 or 24 feet of the stuff for less than $6
How about black or dark gray latex caulk? It seems like it would
be much easier to control and perform. If you want to remove
later, just use a razor blade scraper.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
I was just at Staples and in the art-sign area they had tape of various
widths and colors. After seeing that, it reminded me I have seen even wider
selections in hobby - craft stores. A true hobby shop will also have it,
for use on models.
I'm sure that "chart tape" won't be permanent on glass and should do the
I'll do some more digging for "came" as well. I haven't had much luck
finding something here in Calgary, or for order in Canada.
Not too much would be truly permanent on glass. The brand of chart
tape I'm familiar with is ChartPak
Their retailers in Calgary:
Lewiscraft - Chinook Centre
(403)212-4020 6455 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB T2H 0K3
Lewiscraft - Marlborough Mall
(403) 285-6132 1141-3800 Memorial Drive Way
NE Unit 2a
Calgary, AB T2A 2K2
Michaels - Calgary, AB
(403) 246-3336 5588 Signal Hill Centre SW
Calgary, AB T3H 3P8
Try this link to Delphi Stained Glass supplies. 108' roll black back copper
foil in various sizes for around $5.00/roll
If you do not want the copper color then buy a small bottle of one of the
patina's to change the foil
appearance to what you need. black, antique, brass, etc.
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