Painted and Kiln Fired Stained Glass Works of Art
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Historically,antique window design for
early stained glass windows, was drawn out on a whitened
table top. The design artist would map the outlines of
his drawing, the shape and color of the individual pieces
of glass to be used, and the position of lead strips (calmes)
that would eventually hold all the pieces of glass together.
From the early fourteenth century a range
of colors varying from a pale lemon to a deep orange could
be achieved on one piece of glass through the discovery
of 'silver stain', a silver compound painted on the back
of the glass and then fired in a kiln. By the mid sixteenth
century many different colored enamels were being used.
As a result, windows began to be painted like easel pictures
on clear glass of regular rectangular shape, with lead
calmes no longer an integral part of the design. These
methods prevailed from the seventeenth to early nineteenth
In Victorian times the earlier methods were revived.
These methods were used for many of the antique windows
on this site..
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