October 19, 2007

Glass painting continued

Now that the glass has a thin matte of paint and has dried, the glass piece is placed back upon the drawing, and then modeling of the features begins. Here some of the dried matte is removed from the glass to create highlights.

More painting being removed.

And more highlights created.

Now a dark black paint is added with a thin brush in a procedure called "tracery".

Around the perimeter of the head.

And yet more detail being added. At this point, the glass will probably be placed in a kiln and fired to over 1300 degrees to make the paint permanent.

After firing for about four hours, and then cooling, another layer of painting is added depending upon the effects desired. This procedure might be repeated from 3-6 firings, depending upon the details and colors desired in the glass piece. It is a good idea not to fire the same piece of glass more than a half dozen times. A good glass painter can ordinarily achieve fine results within these parameters. More firing can result in destabilization of the glass itself.

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