Basic Glass Art Techniques
17 March 2009
Author: Spotted Canary
Follow these tried and true Glass Art techniques to ensure a quality result.
Some stains you will use straight from the pots, but others you will mix to create new stain colors. To mix the stains, mold a small piece of foil around your finger to make a cup. You can also purchase empty pots for this purpose. Measure the stains into the cup by droplet from the eyedropper and mix thoroughly. Use a new cup every time you make a new mix.
Did you put a stain in the wrong area? Not a problem - insert a cotton swab into the wet stain to pull it out. Do you have bubbles? Suction them out with the eyedropper or pop them with a pin. Make sure you have these supplies handy before you start your project so that you can correct any mistakes before the stain dries.
Allow the Stains to Dry:
You are probably anxious to display your finished piece, but for this part you must be patient. First, find something to protect your glass piece from dust while it dries, like a box lid. You want to let air circulate to help the stains dry, so nothing too tight. Weather can also affect the drying time; it might take several days. After one day, test the stain with the head of a pin. If it is tacky, continue to let it dry.
If your design calls for any details, you can add them after the piece is completely dry. Trace them onto the glass with a fine-point permanent black marker.
Once your project is completely dry, clean your glass with a soft cloth. That’s all there is to it! With these simple Glass Art techniques you will bring your projects to the next level.