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The European Method for Jointing Lead Came

In general, lead came is butted at the joints. However there is another way
to make the joints. This is often referred to the European (as opposed to
the English) method.

The came is still angled to meet the lead to which it is to be joined. However
before presenting the cut came to the joint, one end is lightly tapped with a
small hammer to slightly curve the end of the came. This allows it to slip inside the leaves of the came to which it will be soldered.

The came is then shaped to the glass as normal. However, rather than removing the came for the next cut, the came is cut to the length of the glass, often using the glass as a guide. This end is then supported on the lead knife and tapped with the hammer to curve the end, ready for tucking into the next piece of came. Care is required so that you don't crush the came and break the glass, nor miss the came and hit the glass or your fingers. With practice, there are few accidents.

Tucking lead provides very accurate joints with no gaps for solder to fall through. Some argue it provides a stronger panel as the hearts of the jointed cames almost meet. The main immediate gain is quicker soldering. you are in production mode, a powered table saw may be worthwhile.


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