These angel windows were bought from a church in County Durham which was about to be demolished. The lady who bought them was married in this church and had lost her husband a few years ago.
They were in bad condition and the most important parts are the most badly damaged pieces. The videos below show how i painted the face and cloak of one angel then leaded it together and soldered it.
When painting on glass the technique is very different from the usual way we all know.
The paint is a pigment that is mixed with water or oil by grinding it together using a glass pestel. This makes the powder pigment very fine with no lumps.
The line drawing is done traditionally using a fine brush as in watercolour painting, then this is fired in a kiln at 650` where the pigment becomes part of the glass.
Then the whole piece is covered with an even layer as in a watercolour wash and allowed to dry.
This wash is then selectively removed with paint brushes to leave shading where it is needed.
The orange colour you can see at the end is called silver stain and when fired becomes a beautiful golden colour.
This video was made from lots of individual photos fading in and out to show animation