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Stained Glass Snail - using a rondel for the shell

Stained Glass using a rondel, coffee tree wood frame

Blown Glass Vessels (above & below)



Blown Glass Ornament
Stained Glass work can also take many forms. The process is started with a sheet of glass that is colored and/or textured at the factory. Different factories produce different densities, styles, surfaces, and textures of glass, so the design process starts from the chosen piece of glass. 


There are 2 basic construction styles for stained glass. Lead came and copper foil. Lead came involves using pieces of "H" or "U" shaped lead came between the pieces of glass. Copper foil involves using a thin strip of copper with adhesive on the back, and the foil is wrapped around each piece of glass. The lead or foil is what the solder sticks to to permanently hold the glass pieces together. 

Barb works almost exclusively with copper foil. Once all of the pieces are foiled, solder is applied to the foil, and all of the parts then make the whole. Rondels, stones, glass nuggets, and other items can also be incorporated into a piece. Barb creates panels, boxes, light fixtures, and "hidden images" with her glass.

Blown Glass traditionally elicits thoughts of hollow forms, but solid forms, such as paperweights, are favorites of Barb's. A crucible or tank of clear, molten glass is where it all starts. This glass is kept at 2000+ degrees to keep it the consistency of corn syrup, and multiple "gathers" of this are taken from the tank to build up a piece.


Color, in the form of solid pieces of a glass rod, chunks (frit) of varying size, or powder, similar to powdered sugar in consistency, are added to the clear to produce the colors in a piece. Hollow forms are created on the end of a hollow blow pipe, and solid forms are created on a solid pipe. 


The glass is shaped or formed by rolling the piece in thick, wet newspaper, wooden blocks, or on flat surfaces....traditionally marble, but in most studios, metal. While working the piece, it must be constantly rotated so as not to sag, and reheated frequently so it can continue to be worked. Once the piece is finished, it must be placed in an annealing oven, which brings the temperature down very gradually over many hours, so that it does not crack.

Barb's custom stained glass boxes have been commissioned as gifts for weddings,  Bar Mitzvahs, and graduations. Commissions are welcome for these and other stained glass projects.

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