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Here's the full-sized design (125 cm diameter). This design looks old, because the client wants the window to look old
And see the outer border, the small pieces around the edge, which we're highlighting right now in the studio
So here's one piece of outer border. It's unfired glass - ready for its highlights, which is what we're focusing on here in today's slideshow
OK, let's get started now. The first point about highlights is, you always hold the glass firmly, so it can't move unless you want it to - see the hand on the right of your screen ...
You hold the glass firmly, because this means it won't slide, which means your highlights will look confident (not scratchy)
Second reminder is, in most cases it's best to highlight from the bridge
Again, this makes your highlights appear confident, because your hand is stable. Also, you can't accidentally bruise the unfired paint
Next reminder is, choose your highlighting tool with care - decide what shape you want to make, and find the right tool to make it with. If this means lots of testing and practicing, so be it
Here, a stick that's sharpened to a point
But other kinds of shapes are also useful, for example like the one you see here ...
This stick was originally meant for carving and modelling clay, but we use it here because it makes the kind of shape we want - it can be thick or thin, depending on its angle
Here's another highlighting tool, one we improvised ourself, and you can also do the same. Do you see what it is?
It's an old tracing brush whose hairs we've removed
Feathers are also useful ...
This is because you can carve the quill to any shape you want
Next reminder is, stencils are useful ...
They are especially useful when you have a repeating pattern and a lot of glass to prepare
You sometimes just need to use a stick again to tidy up
The stick is useful here because the stencil-and-scrub approach is often quick-and-messy
In all of this, it helps to have a plan (which is usually better than "making it up as you go along")
This is nearly ready to be fired - we'll first flick some spots of paint (not shown) then put it in the kiln with all the others ...
But this won't be a full firing - just enough to "tack-fire" the paint to the glass because ...
After the tack-firing, you see here how we now want to take the highlights even further. This is because the glass must look old by the time we've finished with it - as if the weather has destroyed a lot of paint
That's why we rub it down with sandpaper - remember, the paint is only lightly fired, so, with a bit of pressure, it's possible to wear away the tack-fired paint
Now a wash of paint on the back of the glass
When the paint is dry, use fingers to make more highlights
Just use gentle rubbing with clean, grease-free hands - it's an absolutely beautiful and subtle technique (lots more about it on the DVD documentaries)
And a scrub again. Remember, this is the back of the glass: we will want to stain it later on. That's why we must remove quite a lot of paint
This is getting to look as wrecked and ancient as the client wants. So now it's ready for a full-temperature firing
And, now fired, the pieces are all ready to be stained - with oil of course, not water or vinegar, because that would take too long, be too messy and also waste a huge amount of stain
Here's a sample we made earlier. You can see how the bold highlights work very well with the powerful oil-based silver stain. You'll find lots more information on the DVDs
And here you can start to get an impression of how the border area will look
That's all for this slideshow. Goodbye for now. Watch the DVD documentaries. Ask questions as you wish. And as for us - we'll soon begin the lion in the centre ...
More demonstrations here
If you’d like to see more highlighting, see here:
- Here’s the flooding.
- Here’s where David marks out where the highlights will go.
- And here’s the highlighting itself.
I hope you find these videos helpful to your work.