Drawing : Stained glass: Session 10

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Silver stained glass


This was a brief session held simply earlier than the Christmas break, whereby I combined and laid down a silver stain that I had determined to make use of to carry two areas of Sooty’s physique right into a yellow concord with the remainder of the determine. I had used the approach earlier than and wished to incorporate the method on this a lot bigger, advanced piece as a reminder of its particular qualities. 
Silver stain is a chemical course of whereby an oxide of silver is utilized to glass, which when kiln fired, its ions migrate into the glass. A course of that completely stains the glass a clear yellow. This implies that you may get two distinct (clear & yellow) areas in a single piece of glass with out having reduce the areas out of separate items and becoming a member of them. The approach was so broadly used that the entire medium of “stained glass” obtained its identify from using silver stains.

The Sooty ingredient of the work sat on a lightbox, exhibiting the 2 plain glass sections

Painted glass panel with silver stain

Silver stain is available in a wide range of yellows, the one I used within the picture above being a really orange one. It’s all the time utilized to the again of the glass.

The 2 items of plain glass, now with utilized silver stain on the again

Silver stain may be very costly. As an example Reusche Amber Silver Stain, if bought from the Inventive Glass Guild, is £50 for a 1oz tub and a pale yellow £24 for a similar quantity. It’s subsequently for use very selectively. The 2 sections above have been each product of plain clear glass that I made a decision wanted to be a heat orange yellow, so I’ve used Reusche Orange Silver Stain. 

A small glass palette used to organize the stain

You’ll be able to combine the stain with water or oil. I used lavender oil, utilizing a small versatile palette knife to combine the quantity wanted till it was brushable. Earlier than making use of the stain, the glass was oiled by placing a couple of drops of lavender oil on the floor after which rubbing it in and wiping it off with a paper towel. 

Brushes and applicators saved for silver staining functions solely

I used the sq. ended brush to the appropriate of the gathering of applicators above and the fan brush to clean and barely graduate the stain. Lavender oil on paper towels was used to wash the brushes afterwards, not soapy water. 

The 2 sections needed to be turned over to have the silver stain utilized.  

Hopefully as soon as fired the 2 sections will sit far more carefully into the nice and cozy yellow/orange color vary I wished. 

Session 10 was the final session I attended in 2023. Nonetheless on the twenty third of December I used to be knocked over by a automobile and needed to get well my bodily health earlier than re-starting. I’m nearly there when it comes to regaining the flexibleness to work on a heavy giant piece akin to this, so hopefully will probably be returning to the stained glass workshop to finish the ultimate phases of main all of it collectively very quickly. 

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