We have been helping with a stained glass panel of a nature scene that includes a beautifully detailed loon. So have you run into this kind of challenge? How to capture the gorgeous detail of a beautiful loon, without all of the cut lines and umpteen little, tiny pieces marring the flow of the panel? Our solution is to etch all of those little, little spots and dots that are the essence of the loon. Did I hear you ask: “What does that involve”?
Several steps – first, we had to create the artwork. Then we had to prepare a film tool, to use in making a thin photoresist, through a photographic process, We applied the photoresist, a kind of stencil, to the flashed/layered glass, then sandblasted the pieces. The flashed glass is black on white on clear, so we blasted away the black to reveal the white. Voila! Loon spots!
Thom Berg says
Where on earth can you find black on white flashed? I’ve not been able to find it from here in the midwest.
Lambert’s in Germany makes Black/White/Clear mouth-blown glass. Available from S.A. Bendheim in New Jersey.
Black/white/Clear Flashed glass is from Lambert’s in Germany. Distributed in the states by http://www.bendheimstainedglass.com/
Hi! I am reaching out to sites I like and want to see if you would provide feedback on my etching supplies if I sent them to you free. Any interest? Shipping of the supplies will be free as well. I am looking forward to your reply. Thanks in advance for your reply. Eric
Thanks for you note, Eric, and for your kind words about our website. We’re all set on etching supplies, so we’ll need to pass on your offer, but thanks again for thinking of us. All the Best, Paned Expressions Studios