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Copper Foil stained glass panels are our specialty. Both architectural and residential questions can be asked. We build windows and teach classes in our studio. We design custom patterns by hand and then draw tham using AutoCAD. We recently donated over 100 square feet of glass to the Covey Center For The Arts in Provo, Utah. I write a monthly newsletter that gives tips and tricks for the stained glass trade at www.betterstainedglass.com We also teach classes because the joy of new stained glass students rubs off on us and keeps the hobby fun.

Experience in the area

Started business in stained glass in 1983. We build and design architectural and residential stained glass and we write a monthly stained glass newsletter at www.betterstainedglass.com. We also install glass, fuse panels and produce instructional videos. Jeanne's first book on Mandalas For Meditation is available on Amazon and she's working on a second. David is halfway done with an instruction manual. Together they have produced 6 instructional videos on projects and techniques.

Organizations

Utah County Art Gallery, David is webmaster, Jeanne is recording secretary. Utah County Art Guild, showing members. Covey Center For The Arts, Donors and volunteers. Heritage School, Donors.

Publications

Go Articles, Ideamarketers, and Ezine Articles. We also contribute to newspapers and ezines. Also have several videos on You Tube betterstainedglass assorted videos.

Education/Credentials

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Missouri Southern State University. Taught stained glass college course at MSSU, currently teach classes in our studio. Write monthly newsletter. Seminars in advanced lamp design, drafting and design, and glass fusing.

Awards and Honors

St. Francis Of Assisi Merit. UDot Mural Competition-2011.

Past/Present Clients

Covey Center For The Arts. Heritage School. Finer Consigner. Larry H. Miller. Keith Barton. UVU Alumni Association. St Francis Catholic Church.

What do you like about this subject?

We teach classes because the new students have an enthusiasm that is easy to lose after years of building windows. Those students keep our love for the craft alive!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

We study and thrill at the work of other accomplished glass artists. Their advances and achievements raise our vision up and push us to challenge ourselves.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Stained glass can be placed in windows, but there are so many more ways to use it. We place it in furniture and cabinets and lighting fixtures. False skylights can add to the openness and airiness in a room for very little expense. We have even built a table that has glass in the top to create the illusion that fish are swimming in the table. You can view it at www.gommstudios.com

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Copper foil construction is by far the stronger because the lead lines are composed of lead and of tin which is stronger than lead. The lines cover the glass more efficiently because the foil must be placed on each piece individually. This is more time consuming, and labor intense, but the finished product is superior in strength and allowance for detail. It is also much easier to repair.

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Recent Answers from David Gomm

2013-08-20 Adding support to a large stained glass window:

In my experience, the zinc H ought to provide the support you need. The copper reinforcement strips being put into panes that are less than a foot square would provide extra support but would be redundant

2012-11-23 Lead and copper:

As I look through past answers I see that I talked briefly about combining lead and copper foil methods in my March 27 2009 answer..I fixed those links but the articles weren't about combining lead and

2012-11-18 Thermal Expansion:

Copper foil is fine for the body of the panel, but I would use zinc outer bar for the framework, lead stretches, so doesn't make a good frame.    In a hot climate you will actually have less thermal expansion

2012-10-31 Re-Inforcing Stained Glass Panel:

First of all, we don't feel you need extra reinforcement on panels that are less than 36" square.    Second, we never use rebar on copper foil windows. Check out the articles on reinforcement at   http://www

2012-09-16 Old stained glass, leaded light (another one):

The stained glass picture is not that old, is mass produced and has very little value. The best, most collectible shades are made using the copper foil method. They are stroger and longer lasting. The

 

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