|It's kind of hard to see, but I've circled the crack in the glass.|
After muttering a few words that I shouldn't repeat here, I decided that this piece was too nice to allow a cracked bit to remain. I did some research on the internet and found a website explaining how to remove the old piece: http://www.freepatternsforstainedglass.com/repairing-copper-foil.html
First I took my glass cutter and scored the broken piece, then I tapped the underside. This created more breaks in the piece until I could finally pull some of it out with needle nose pliers.
After pulling out the first piece, I began carefully pulling out all the other pieces and using my soldering iron to weaken the join between the foil on this piece and the pieces surrounding it. Once I did that, I pulled out the old foil and removed all the extra solder possible, leaving me with a perfect hole where the broken piece used to be.
|Sorry - I took this picture from the back side, but you get the idea.|
Once I did that, I could then rough solder the piece and then complete the finish soldering. As you can see, it's nearly impossible to tell that the piece of glass was replaced.
And now, you can see what the soldering looks like now that it's mostly complete!
All that's left is to patina the solder, wax it, and frame the piece.