Glass paint consists mainly of glass that is ground to a fine powder with the addition of oxide and flux to assist in the fusing process. In order for the paint to adhere to the glass it is put in the kiln and fired to about 650ºC. At this temperature it fuses with the glass giving it a permanence that has enabled stained glass painting to have survived from the medieval period. Typically the paint is brown or black because the artist is blotting out the light to create the image hence the term ‘painting with light.’ In a separate firing the yellow colour is added which is know as silver stain, a mix of silver nitrate and gum.
Bevels are pieces of glass that have been ground and polished on their edges so not only do they add texture and interest they also split the light when hit by direct sunlight producing rainbows across the room. They can be used in combination with coloured glass and clear to striking effect
Full colour is for when you want a statement piece and can indulge in the luxurious rich colours of mouthblown glass