The Basics of Making Stained Glass

Stained glass is unique and beautiful form of art those existed for hundreds of years. There are few different techniques to produce stained glass, but overall, the process for true stained glass has stayed the same. The process of making stained-glass starts with the raw materials used such as sand, lead oxide or lime, soda or potash, and metal oxides for coloring. These materials are measured out and heated to 2500°F, melting the glass down to be turned into stained glass.

When the glass will be used to make stained-glass windows, the molten glass is picked up in a lump at the end of a blowpipe, then blown into a shape like a cylinder, cut, then pressed into sheets and allow to cool. Different effects can be produced by varying this process.

Using flash class is a way to allow you more color varieties in stained glass art. The people over at Lilburn Roofers use this sometimes with props for their photos, and it looks so cool! When the artist is making Cathedral glass, the molten glass is rolled into flat sheets. Molten glass is blown into a rectangular box shaped mold to create what is known as Norman slabs. The artist will then slice and formed the slabs the sides make the edges slightly thinner in the center thicker. The same technique is used by larger manufacturers, but most of the process is done by machines rather than hand.

This stained-glass is then used to create beautiful artwork such as stained-glass windows. Cutting the design then assembling them together is the oldest and simplest way to create art from stained-glass. A variety of loops and metal bars are then soldiered to the lead cames so the stained-glass windows can be installed in any building, home, or church.

There are a few other techniques that will hold the stained glass pieces together, such as using foiled metals or cement. These methods of stained-glass creation have survived for thousands of years and continue to be proven effective. Certainly, these techniques will last for many thousand more years.