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The traditional glass painting styles have been around since the Middle Ages. The goal is to create details in hands, feet and faces, garment folds, foliage and architectural canopies and countless other details! while using enamels paints that are fired in a kiln or furnace. Sometimes it takes many firings to achieve the final look you want to achieve. Many times I have had to figure out the paint formulas when redoing a face from a church window that had been cracked. Every studio has their own signature style of painting on glass and they never tell anyone their secrets. Over the years I have solved the many traditional paint formula mysteries and now I have a few of my own.


 

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SAINT JAMES CHURCH. AMESBURY,MA 5'x7'
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Vitreous paint is a mixture of ground glass and a pigment oxide, or a mixture of metallic oxide such as iron, copper, cobalt, manganese, and others. The ground glass contains silica, alumina borax, and lead. The enamel paint is sold in a powdered form, and before its application to the glass, it must be mixed with water and gum arabic or other mixing agents, such as white vineger, turpentine or oil.

Of all stained glass procedures, glass painting has remained the most mysterious.

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