Stained Glass Techniques
I use very traditional techniques in my glasswork. First I draw up the cartoon from my design and buy the coloured sheets of glass for the piece. I cut the glass and then do the painting and shading which gets fired onto the glass (a method that goes back to medieval times). Finally I will do any etching or engraving of figures and details that I do not want coloured. In some pieces I have incorporated fused glass, in this case the glass is combined and fired in a kiln. I use two techniques for fixing the glass together, in the more traditional method I fix the pieces of glass together with a metal ‘came’, this is H shaped and usually made of lead, and I also use zinc to give it strength. The came is then soldered, glazing cement put in and finally the whole piece polished. The other technique was developed by L.C.Tiffany during the Art Nouveau period. This involves wrapping copper foil round the glass and then soldering the pieces together, this technique makes it possible to create free standing 3d sculptures in the glass.