About Your Stained Glass + Caring for Your Item
All glass is hand cut, foiled or leaded, soldered and finished by me. Majority of stained glass out in the world is made with materials that contain lead. This is the traditional way and most common way of doing stained glass. The use of lead in stained glass causes very minimal risk and is not harmful to handle. It is only harmful if ingested or inhaled but it's always a good idea to wash your hands after handling as a precaution. Most of my pieces are made with 60/40 solder (60% tin, 40% lead) and pieces that are often handled like catch-alls are made with lead-free solder (99.3% tin, .7% copper). Pieces that contain lead are noted in product description. If you are really freaking out about the lead content, you can certainly request a piece made with lead-free solder and i'd be happy to make it lead-free.
Glass is fragile and all pieces should be handled with care. Terrariums are recommended for indoor use only. These are not vases and should not hold water.
The metals and finishes used in stained glass tend to naturally oxidize over time. When your stained glass object is finished, it's waxed to slow down this process but this is a natural occurrence that will happen to stained glass no matter what. Some people like this aged look while others may want to keep it looking shiny and new. Discoloration on the edges can often be removed with a wet Q-tip. Carnauba car wax is a great way to put the luster back into your object. If you have a silver finish, you can use steel wool to clean off oxidation, then use carnauba wax or you can use a silver polish. Do not use steel wool on an object that has been finished with black patina. This will remove your patina. Pledge will also do a nice job of shining up your object.
To clean your glass, make sure to use a non-ammonia household glass cleanser with a soft cloth and wipe gently. Do not clean stained glass with an abrasive material as it will remove or scratch the patina on the metal. Never use vinegar, ammonia (e.g., windex) or any acid-based cleanser, as these can destroy the came or solder that is holding the piece together.