Monday 7 Apr

Making a stained glass window.

hunterMy current project is to make a panel to fit into a stained glass screen in a pub called “The Hunter” in a nearby village.

I keep telling potential customers that I’m retired, but they just force money into my hands to do “one last job”. The picture on the left shows the glass having been painted, fired and is now ready to be leaded together with the the surrounding coloured glass,not shown. (click the images to make big). The border is made up of four separate pieces, also hand painted and fired.

paintingThe photo on the right shows the painting in progress. I always use light boxes to paint on, makes it so much easier. Traditional glass painting has always involved kiln firing in order to fix pigments and stains.

The term stained glass is a confusing one and can refer to any glass, either coloured during its manufacture or glass which has been decorated by special paints

Oxide pigments range from reddish brown to black and are used to paint opaque lines or, when diluted, to give tone and shading. These pigments are kiln fired at around 620 degrees Centigrade to fuse onto the glass surface and become permanent.

Silver stain is made from salts of silver and when applied to glass and fired at a lower temperature produces a spectrum of yellows from deep amber to pale lemon. The colour is not fused onto the glass surface, but is created by a molecular change in the glass surface which is permanent. Silver stain is often used to create details or patterns on larger pieces of glass.

I will post a picture of the completed panel when it’s finished.

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14 Responses to Monday 7 Apr

  1. Betsy says:


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    Well, it’s bound to be brilliant, just look at the genius who made it! – Keith.

  2. Anji says:

    It is lovely. You’re a real artist as well as a craftsman!
    My son is moving to Grantham, isn’t that somewhere near to you? I’m sure that when I visit next time I’ll come across some of your work.

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    The distance by road from Grantham to my house is 49 miles, 2 hours driving time. (busy roads). If you are a crow then it’s 36.8 miles, 20 minutes flying time. – Keith.

  3. Very interesting, Keith
    I first commented on your revamp post about junk mail LOL
    which says I came over from Betsy’s and just loved your Makeover Video which inspired me to write a post.
    Best wishes and love your blog.

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    I have been reading your blog for quite a while. I can’t comment on Betsy’s blog any more because my IP address is blocked, now I find that I can’t comment on your blog either for the same reason. I know that it’s none of your doing or Betsy’s. It’s a complete mystery. If I go to the public library I find I can comment on Betsy’s blog, no problem, and again from the Church WiFi. no problem. I can’t get an answer from Blooger or WordPress as to why. So if I want to comment I have to email Betsy. – Keith.

    • I’ve heard pf this problem before! – a couple of friends are in the same boat. Great shame people can’t comment sometimes and they too say Blogger appears not capable or unwilling to fix it. I think the problem is with Blogger and not WordPress.
      It takes some of the fun out of blogging if we can’t communicate properly.

      You may have noticed that Betsy and I exchange a lot of comments – lovely lass and a very kind one.

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      When in town today I sent you a comment via the public library, so I’m wondering if you got it. I agree with you wholeheartedly about Betsy, she is a lovely caring person. The Mister and the boys are to be envied. They say beauty and brains don’t go together, but Betsy has proved them wrong over and over again. I look forward to reading about her latest adventures, and “My Five Men” is the first blog I visit every day. We shouldn’t be talking about her as if she isn’t around, but I don’t doubt she is reading this right now. – Keith.

      • Not quite, Keith, she’s at her auction right mow but she will be back soon and see her two favourite blogging guys praise her!
        There, that’s earned us a few brownie points. So you are in Leicester, Keith. I live in Keynsham, near Bristol/Bath.

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        I don’t know about the brownie points, but if I think anyone one deserves my praise it’s Betsy. She pulled me back from the brink. I was just about to throw in the towel and give up blogging for good when I first met her. Now I’m a new man, and that’s without the safety pins, the white correction fluid, the dyed moustache and the wig! – Keith.

        • So pleased she helped and she is indeed the ‘salt of the earth’.

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          You’re only saying that because it’s true; and you are just trying to curry favour! – Keith.

        • Betsy says:

          I’m so glad to hear that your evil grin is not from safety pins in the back of your neck, Keith. ha.

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          I have spent years, yes, years perfecting that grin to make it look soft, happy and condescending, and you reckon it’s evil. You haven’t seen me when I’m evil. . . . . – Keith.

      • Thanks for the comment Keith. lol
        I’ve replied to say at least she was wearing a tiarra and do you want it back? In fact do you want her back?

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        If you are reading this Betsy we are not talking about you (heaven forbid) it’s that photo of the gorgeous lady on his current post. Well Eddie, if you give her a makeover I might consider it. I’ve copied that photo and enlarged it so that I can hang it in the garden to frighten the birds away from my seedlings! – Keith.

        • Hahaha! One of my American bloggy girlfriends would say, “Lawdie bless my sanity! You are a riot!”

          That photo would not only frighten away the birds – the entire creation would flee – with or without the tiara!

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          I did hear that she works for a local glass-making firm as a “mirror tester”. Aren’t we simply awful, poor lass,it’s not her fault she looks like that; but still, there should be a law against it. – Keith.

          • I’ll tell Betsy we are saying some nice things about her unlike that awful anonymous person yesterday! Did you see that, Keith? Awful!

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            No, I didn’t see that, I can’t imagine anyone being nasty to Miss Ohio. If ever I met him/her I would smack their wrist and tell them that if they ever do it again they would get another smack. – Keith.

          • Betsy says:

            You two are the best, really. 🙂 I would have never come back to see this, so thank you Eddie for giving me the heads-up.
            As far as brownie points, do you want real brownies? As in the bar cookies? Or just points to be tallied and cashed in at a later date? haha. Flattery will get you every where you know!

            love you both. Ed, I tried calling Keith darling and he wouldn’t let me. Sigh. Now I just call him Mr. Leicester.
            Not nearly as fun, I’m telling you! haha. And Keith, I had no idea that was your ex-wife, soon to be garden scarecrow! Oh my! No wonder you’re after the beautiful blondes now! haha.

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            I glad my ex-wife has gone. D’ya know she was the lazyist person I ever met, some mornings I had to shout at least four times for her to come upstairs to get me out of bed, wash and dress me! – Keith.

  4. Pat Hatt says:

    They just keep throwing money in your hands? Can you point those people out haha

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    Hi Pat,

    They don’t THROW it in my hand,
    But as things stand
    They FORCE the money onto me,
    Which I accept with great glee
    Then I make the window they want,
    With wording on it in a nice font.
    But I don’t tell the taxman
    Cos that’s my cunning plan!

    – Keith.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Visiting from Betsy’s blog. Your stained glass work is
    beautiful, Keith. I started reading your blog quite a while ago and have been meaning to comment. I have always wanted to take a stained glass course – I own several stained glass lamps and hangings that I love. Your current one for the pub door is wonderful.


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    Thank you Suzanne, it’s nice to meet people who love stained glass. The first thing I look at when entering a new church is the windows, before anything else. – Keith.

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