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The Technique of Glass Painting

Ever wonder how the scenes on church windows are made? I just finished a four day intensive course with Williams and Bryne at the Bryn Athyn College. These two gentlemen are the most amazing glass painters from England. What a fabulous experience.

Glass paint is actually finely ground glass, so fine it is a powder. When mixed with water and some hardener ( so it sticks to the glass), it can be used to paint images onto the glass. The images can then be shaded by adding a matte and then scratching or rubbing into them. Additional shading or lines can be placed on top of the image with a 'wash' of oil and paint. Once it's finished the piece is fired in a kiln whereby the paint becomes permanent.

Colored glass is painted in this fashion and then can be assembled into stained glass windows.

This example is just once piece on clear glass.

Heads UP! Some of my work will be showcased at Bryn Athyn College this weekend for the opening of Glasstopia, the American Glass Guilds annual conference!

 

 

Found Items can Make Interesting Jewelry

I love to search for vintage or household parts to mount my glass. It makes a piece more interesting and certainly unique. Here is another find that, although I had no idea when I bought it, became an exciting piece for me. It is antique door hardware that was cast in iron. I layered it with some brass pieces and a beaded bezel.

The Results are In for Quakertown Alive!

The show was nice, a little windy. To my surprise, while I was packing up I was presented with a second place award in the show judging! I never expected it, I didn't even realized that they judged the work of each booth, about 115 of them. I am so moved that my work was appreciated by the show judges. I can't thank them enough.

Eye Candy @ Quakertown Alive! May 17th

Postcard for Website  Eye Candy Glass Art will be at Quakertown Alive on May 17th. Stop by our booth and receive 20% off any one item if you mention this blog post! Hope to see you there!

Arts Alive! will bring Broad Street alive Saturday, May 17 (raindate: May 18), 10am - 4pm.  Broad Street and Triangle Park in downtown Quakertown will be transformed into a festival of artists, crafters, jewelers, musicians, food vendors, activities, and so much more.  This free, annual festival, now in its 14th year, features over 100 juried exhibitors and has something for everyone of every age.  

True treasures and unique finds can be found up and down East and West Broad Street, which will be dotted with unique food vendors, artists and crafters, and fun and informational booths.  All the local merchants open their doors and invite you to browse their offerings, event specials, and extra goodies. 

 

A Peek at the Spoonbill

Every year I take at least one class from a well known artist in the glass industry. Each class gives me a new tool to incorporate into my work. I often combine techniques which creates excitement in a piece while I build it. The below window is a combination of traditional glass painting and stained glass. It is an Eye Candy design of a roseate spoonbill wading in the water. Spoonbills live in South America and regions of the caribbean. I've used glass based enamel paint on the face and legs of the spoonbill, the paint is fired in a kiln and becomes permanent on the glass. This window is still on the bench, each piece is cut by hand and copper foil is applied. Once every piece is foiled, the seams will be soldered together. Finally, an frame of either wood, or zinc came will be soldered to create a finished edge.

               Roseate Spoonbill

Window of Spoonbill           Photo of Spoonbill

New Addition to the Studio

It's been a long, cold winter and spring is struggling to get here. What I've been up to this winter you ask? Well, first a road trip to Arizona where it's much warmer than here. After the road trip I've been busy installing a new addition to the studio - a huge (for me) new kiln! I'll be working on some new projects: kiln firing painted glass windows. I'm going to be studying with Williams & Byrne in June at the glass conference in Byrn Athyn this June (verrry excited). These amazing artists are from England where they design, paint and restore stained glass. It is very important to me to continue learning and perfecting my skills with the most well known people in the industry. I feel that continuing education is crucial to the success of any business or career.

I do have some new pendants available that I need to get to my website as time allows, plus I'll be exhibiting some works at the Pebble Hill Gallery in Doylestown, PA in May and June. I'll let you know more on that later plus the shows I'm considering for this year. Think spring!

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Walking Dead?

Check out this pendant! It is my inspiration from the Walking Dead TV Series! Lots of zombies and dead guys!

I tried this on and was surprised by how cute it looked! I wore it with a tan turtle neck, a red cardigan sweater, black and white tie dye jeans, it hung just right and the colors I wore made it pop.

Coming soon, a new addition to the kiln studio and some interesting information on how kilns work. Stay tuned! Check us out on Facebook @Eye Candy Glass Art

'That's made with What?'

Fun Fact from Eye Candy Glass Art:
Do you know how they produce the beautiful glass colors used in stained glass windows and other art pieces? The answer is additives!
Soda-lime glass, as it is called, made with sodium carbonate, silica, lime and some other ingredients, is normally clear. So what adds the colors you ask?
Well, that is a complicated question. Depending on the element added you get different results. For example, Cobalt produces a blue, Nickel produces violet or black, Silver creates an amber to orange color. But the most interesting to me are the pinks, reds, and oranges. Can you guess what element creates those colors? To give you a hint, it is very expensive and thus causes those pieces of glass to be more costly, AND you probably have some on your person! Can you guess ----- it's gold! So if you see stained glass in a vibrant pink or red you can be sure it's made with gold.
(and yes the included photo is a snippet of a window I am currently building with those beautiful pinks). Stay warm!

Go Fish! Painting on Glass

 

 

Check out his guy! He's a pike fish I painted on glass, ready for the kiln but unfired. He's actually painted on both sides . After firing I'll add color. The paint is mixed and tested on the light box so when painted on the glass it's the correct consistency.

 

This type of painting is similar to how church windows are made. It starts with a mat over the entire piece of glass, then tracing the outline, more matting for shading and then details. This can be done on both sides of the glass carefully. After firing, enamel glass paints can be added for color. This process is done in several firings depending on the desired outcome and technique used.

You can see all the testing I did. FUN with a capital F!

 

The Fruits of the Winter Freeze

Wow, I don't remember it being this cold ever! All I want to do is hibernate to my studio (what a plus!). Here is a sample of what the deep freeze has produced, these are still in the 'raw material' state of the process. There are more in the kiln I'll show you when they cool plus a new glass window in construction and some kiln worked glass paintings. Stay warm and I'll stay close to the kiln!