Queens rubbish removal company presents: 15 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Stained Glass
Paintings, letters, coins, furniture, appliances, tools, sculptures, clothing — I collect it all. My crazy rubbish removal jobs lead to these valuable — and sometimes not-so-valuable — antiques. I knew that when I found this piece of beautiful stained glass, it would be the perfect colorful addition to my personal museum in Ridgewood, Queens. So, I now present to you: 15 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Stained Glass.
- Colored glass as window decoration is of great antiquity in East Asia.
- Muslim designers fitted small pieces of it into intricate window traceries of stone, wood, or plaster, and this type of window mosaic is still in use.
- Colored glass was used in windows of Christian churches as early as the 5th century, and pictorial glass as early as the 10th century.
- The early glaziers followed a sketched cartoon for their window design.
- In the 15th century, glass artists achieved a silvery tone by the use of large proportions of white glass, and their figures of saints and apostles were surrounded by elaborate canopies.
- Stained glass artists grind the edges of the cut pieces of glass to allow the copper foil to stick to the edges of the glass, to keep from cutting themselves, and to adjust the fit of the piece in the project.
- The best stained glass beginner’s project would involve 10 or fewer pieces that are at least 2 inches in size and light in color.
- Horse shoe nails are used when making stained glass, because they hold lead cane in place as you “build” your project.
- When building, copper foil is placed around the edges of the glass pieces in order to provide a medium to which the solder will adhere.
- When making stained glass, if you want to obtain a nice solder bead, you must let the flux air dry before soldering the project.
- The term “scoring” refers to using a cutter to make a line in the glass, delineating where it will break.
- Although making stained glass can be dangerous, one precaution that is NOT necessary to take is wearing heavy gloves. If you were to wear heavy gloves, you wouldn’t have the dexterity necessary to work with glass.
- One reason your solder might spit or sputter is if you have used too much flux.
- Glass is made by fusing together some form of silica such as sand, an alkali such as potash or soda, and lime or lead oxide. The color is produced by adding a metallic oxide to the raw materials.
- Nick DiMola is officially a stained glass collector.
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