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Burnishers, Crimpers and Fids, Oh My!

As you assemble your stained glass project, whether you are using copper foil or lead, you will need to bend, nudge and flatten your metal around the glass, here and there. That's where burnishers, crimpers and fids (oh my!) come in.


Plastic Burnisher
Plastic Burnisher
Item no: 68225
item: 2553
Retail price: $1.94
In stock: 10 
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In order for copper foil to stay put and look good, you need to burnish it well. If you are one of those folks who don't use a burnishing tool of any kind, you probably have the little cuts on your fingertips and scratches on your fingernails to prove it. This handy nylon burnisher will work much better. You're welcome.

Plastic Burnisher/Lead Opener/Fid
Plastic Burnisher/Lead Opener/Fid
Item no: 6822
Retail price: $3.05
In stock: 11 
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A multi-talented tool which combines the function of a fid, for opening lead, but also can be used for smoothing down copper foil, running putty, removing excess putty, lifting lead came for repair work, and removing orange pips.
Hardwood Fid
Hardwood Fid
Item no: 6750
item: 6750
Retail price: $1.98
In stock: 492 
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Used by sailors to assist in the twisting and splicing of rigging lines, a fid is also used by some stained glass artists to open lead channels, burnish copper foil, scratch backs, and perform endless other tasks that would probably never even have occured to us had we not heard it with our own ears. Sometimes you just need a fid. There are many folk who prefer the newfangled plastic lead openers, but we'll keep these around for you Luddites out there. Not for the fid-challenged.
Kwik-crimp Foil Crimper
Kwik-crimp Foil Crimper
Item no: 6799
Heovel Manufacturing
Retail price: $9.67
In stock: 7 
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A time-saving hand tool for anyone who uses copper foil. Crimps and seals foil to the glass in one quick stroke. Works on inside and outside curves as well as straight edges.