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The Intricate and Spectacular Process of Making Stained Glass
Let us pay homage to the process of making stained glass that dates back to the middle ages. 5,000 years ago, the beautiful and refined process of decorating
Stained glass is an art form that has been around since ancient times. Dating all the way back to Egyptians and Romans. However, stained glass as we know it today dates back to the 4th and 5th century when churches began using them in their construction.
But stained glass isn't just for ancient buildings, it is still used and loved by many today. Especially builders who want to give their architecture a classic look.
But how exactly is this beautiful form of art created? Keep reading to find out the intricate process of making stained glass!
The Process of Making Stained Glass
Making stained glass windows can be a complicated process. Here are the primary steps.
Step 1: Make a Cartoon
The first thing an artist does is make a sketch of what they want the stained glass to look like. Sometimes this can be in sections, and sometimes this can be the entire stained glass window. It can vary depending on the size and scope of the project.
These full sized drawings are cartoons, and no, these aren't Looney Tunes. Usually, more detailed information is on these cartoons. Things such as glass shapes and colors used.
Step 2: Cut the Glass
Next, the artist will choose different colors of glass based on their unique window design. Then the artist paints the outline and cuts the rough pieces with a dividing iron.
The extremely hot tip is applied to the glass which causes it to break. The glass is then cut more intricately with a grozing iron to create the desired shape.
Step 3: Paint the Pieces
After the pieces have been cut to size, the artist will then paint each piece with something called vitreous paint. This vitreous paint has little pieces of glass that during firing melt and merge with the glass. This gives it really nice black and brown tones.
Step 4: Glazing and Leading
Glazing is the process of putting together and laying out the different pieces of glass as they will appear in the window. The artist then places the finished pieces on the cartoon and then joined together with lead to create the different panels. Those lead pieces are then soldered together on both sides to help lock in the stained glass panels.
Step 5: Cement and Finish
The final step in this process is to cement the entire window using a semi-liquid cement. You apply this with a brush and then covered with sawdust or chalk to help soak up excess liquid. The last thing is to scrub the whole window with a dry brush until only the cement underneath the lead is left.
Marriage of Color and Light
The final product after making stained glass windows is something truly beautiful. Especially when the light shines through the glass just right. There are so many ways to decorate with stained glass windows!
So what are you waiting for? It's time to include stained glass in your next project! For amazing stained glass pieces that you can add to your home or business, head over to my website now!
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