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@ While there is no absolute rule based on the project size, our experts would generally suggest using a zinc came border. This can be bent to match your pattern using a came bender tool, and it may take several passes through the tool to achieve the correct diameter curve without folding, crimping or buckling. In addition to using a rigid metal came, it would be a good idea to use a single piece of rebar run horizontally at the center of a panel this size. If that cannot be accommodated based on the intended installation you could opt to use reinforcing strip between pieces, but it would make assembly a bit more complicated as it needs to be run as a continuous strip from edge to edge.
@ The exact approach you take to reinforcing the panel will depend on the design as well as how you plan to install it. Using reinforcing strip, run continuously across the shorter dimension of the project (between glass pieces) in a few places often is sufficient. Alternately you could use rebar spanning the shorter dimension in 2 places (splitting the panel roughly into thirds visually) is another way to add considerable strength. For either option, I would encourage you to consider using a rigid came border around the panel and install it into the door using appropriate trim to secure your art.
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