The techniques of making stained glass and other services
In XIX century Luis Comfort Tiffany invented a new way of joining glass surfaces. Copper foil is being placed on the rim of glass pieces, and is then casted with tin. Nowadays there are plenty of available coloured glasses of different shades. By composing glass pieces, the desired picture is formed.
"Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.” —L.C. Tiffany used to say.
Making of stained glass using lead technique
Making stained glass with lead profiles is the original technique. Since the old days lead has been used to join various kinds of glass surfaces. Nowadays, profiles of various dimensions are being used, and inside of them coloured glass and painted glass are being placed, so that lead highlights the contours of the artwork, giving us the complete look of stained glass. Glass painting is being done with metal oxides, which, by using thermal treatment remain permanently on glass surface.
Making of a dome
One of the most complex projects is making a dome; every detail is carefully calculated, so as to get a solid construction and inside of it a complete required picture, or in other words, a complete look of stained glass. Components of the dome are bent toward the north, toward the construction radiuses.
With micro facetting (grinding of cristal clear window glass along the edge) a remarkable effect of refraction of the light on stained glass, which gives a rich look of the complete picture, is achieved.
Decorative glass sandblasting
With sandblasting (distortion of the glass surface using sand) various effects are achieved, and there is even a possibility of pattern making on the glass.