ART OF STAINED GLASS
HOW TO PAINT GLASS

CHOOSING YOUR GLASS for painting

FLOAT GLASS:
Pros: If you have a local window/glass shop, they might be willing to give you scraps for free, with a smile. You can use 3mm glass to paint on, and thicker glass as a surface to mix paint. Great way to recycle! Float glass is ideal for practice, and working with perfect flat mattes.
Cons:
Imperfections in cleaning and kiln wash application really show up. Not exciting if a lot of transparent areas are left.


YOUGHIOGENY SP-1000 and other stipples:
Pros:
This glass is a bit milky, and extremely luminous. If you make a figure or foreground in this glass, and the background on clear glass, the figure will really pop. It's a fantastic effect, it gives your work an added dimension. This glass is also transparent enough that the design is minimally obscured when seen from the back side. Just splendid! Youghiogheny makes several shades of uniformly colored, and highly translucent glass: SP-700 is gray, SP-3000 is a mauve/brown, NEODYMIUM SP is a pinky/mauve hue - but the plain white SP-1000 is the king of them all. Hides all those cleaning imperfections.
Cons:
Can't get a perfectly smooth matte on the orange peel glass surface, but once the shading is brushed off, it's barely noticeable. You can occasionally find Yogi glass with delicious translucence, but beware that anything containing yellow will change color in the kiln... not in a good way. Pricey.


WISSMACH SEEDY: :
Pros:
This one has a fun gritty texture that you can use to your advantage. The crowded, little air bubbles sparkle like tiny diamonds in the sun. When used for foreground, brings it "forward" a little. Conceals imperfections very well. Not especially expensive.
Cons:
Gritty textures means that your matte is best stippled if you it to be somewhat uniform.


SPECTRUM ARTIQUE:
Pros:
Purists will insist on painting on reamy mouth blown glass ($$$), Spectrum's Artique is an inexpensive alternative.
Cons:
After multiple firings, looks like flat glass. Avoid >3 firings.


SPECTRUM BAROQUE, WATERGLASS:
Pros:
Fun textures to fill unpainted areas.
Cons:
After multiple firings, looks like flat glass. Especially waterglass.


IRIDESCENT:
Pros:
Iridescent? YES you can, and it can be fun, too!
Cons:
Hides imperfections, needs a lot of scrubbing with whiting to prevent paint from beading.


MOUTHBLOWN GLASS:
Pros:
This is what the purists will use for traditional glass painting. The "initiated" will appreciate the authentic touch.
Cons:
It is very costly and sometimes supply is spotty, as it is imported from Europe. The man in the street won't be particularly impressed, as it's rather drab, and looks like Spectrum's Artique.