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.
The 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.