The first stage is the production of the full size working drawing (cartoon). I use this drawing as a template.
The clear glass is then cut to size.
The paint in powder form is poured out onto a palette.
The gum arabic (binder) is added to the paint and mixed thoroughly
Now the (vehicle) water, alcohol, oil or
white vinegar can be added and thoroughly mixed.
I add shading by covering the whole piece with stain,
this process is known as matting, blend the
color by using a soft badger hair brush. I then remove
areas I want lighter using a hard bristle brush called a scrub and sharp wooden sticks to bring out the finer
lines and details. I then kiln fire each layer separately.
This process is often repeated several times before the desired effects and skin tones are achieved.
After I get the desired results, I will kiln fire it
again at 1200 degrees.
The pieces are now ready to be
incorporated in the stained glass window.