Anxious About Highlights?

Here's a simple 9-step plan

I understand why highlights worry many people. The lines and shadows demand a lot of patience, yet they’re only half the story. Till you’ve put the highlights in, your painted glass – however finely traced – is dull. It’s one-dimensional.

Softening the highlights on a stained glass owl

Highlights are the cure – as you can see above.

The problem is, highlights also have a risk. A big risk: if you do them badly, they will wreck your work.

Highlights – It’s Easy to Get Them Wrong But Lovely When You Get Them Right

Let me tell you that the key points are: have a plan (don’t usually invent things as you go along), hold your glass firmly with one hand, work from the bridge with the other, choose your highlighting tool with care (make your own as needed), be confident (not scratchy, unless scratchy is what you really want), consider stencils (especially if you have a repeating pattern), remember how the back of the glass is also good for stained glass highlights, and use your hands as needed (just be sure they’re clean).

Right, now I’ve said my piece, will you also have a look?