There's been a lot of talk about hinge points lately so let's discus them. Hinging occurs when you solder two straight lines together. They can easily fold because the only thing holding them together is the adhesive of the foil. That said, a line doesn't have to be perfectly straight for it to be a hinge issue. Even a slight curve can create a hinge point. In the pattern below the wings can easily be bent along the both sides of the body highlighted by green lines. Many times I see people post that the piece needs some wire following the green line to strengthen the piece but that's very bad advise because it does nothing at all to support the weight of the wings. Wire needs to be run perpendicular through the hinge point, not parallel with it.
Below you can see that I've altered the butterflies body so it had more curve to it. That will go a long way to make the wings more solid but it's still not enough to completely fix the hinging problem. To fix things once and for all I've also split the body into two separate pieces and lined up the split to connect with two lines on either side of the wings. Now I can add some wire (about 14 gauge) along the back of the butterfly following the red line. The wire with be covered with lead and will not be visible at all. The strength that this solution adds to this butterfly suncatcher is amazing.
Alright, with that out of the way I'm going to ask, "What do you do when you need a square window with a beveled center but you can't find a beveled cluster that you like because they mostly tend to run far long than taller?" Well, you can make your own cluster using stock bevels! That's exactly what Barbara H did in her window. Elegant? You bet! Even though there are many bevels in this it's made entirely of stock bevels which are less expensive than clusters yet still give a refined look to the finished piece. What a beautiful window Barbara created but I don't think she'll be making something of this size again any time soon. At 36 x 36 it's a big one!