Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Reverse Lampshading Process...

I like the shape of a crystal lampshade, so I purchase them, which this is...lets walk through the process of reverse painting with glass on glass in traditional techniques for museum quality. Using a special mix of paint with fine ground glass and an added amount of flux so the kiln can embed these elixirs at a lower temperature keeping my shades shape, we begin with what is called the line drawing. This is painted on the inside of the shade in the reverse pattern of your intended drawing.

I am showing just 2 sides of the shade. The fist one is a pioneer family in front of their sod house...the second image is on the trail setting up camp for supper...
this becomes the first kiln firing..
Next I totally black matte the inside of the shade.
This shows the inside totally black...then with scrub brushes and picks I gently remove the matted paint to give details to the images.
This takes hours depending on how much detail you wish to portray...I am keeping it simple since the images are not going to have a lot of designs on clothes and that sort of thing they used homespun fabrics and basic basic living utensils

The letters Yous view are portraying a homestead certified ticket which would give the homesteader their location to stop...also a portion of journal recording the trip...here you can see how the scrubbed areas respond to the matte being removed...this is the same portion above "on the trail stopping for supper"



and the pioneer family in front of their sod house...
tomorrow this fires in the kiln and sets the matte process into the glass..next is color!




4 comments:

MrCachet said...

I'm anxious to see if the colors will be as vintage looking as the images appear to be.

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

This is such vintage .. love the drawing you choose.

Merry Christmas !!

Sarah said...

I like the effect of the drawing stage. It looks good like that though I imagine the colour will look lovely. Happy new year to you and your family Mary! x

Dianne said...

the shading created by the 'scrubbing away step' is so cool. an amazing process requiring a lot of patience. what a variety of projects you've shared lately! great work!