Painted Faces

Individuals have been painting painted faces on glass for centuries.

Traditionally this was done on stained glass to add details that could not be accomplished with the glass work.

Painting on glass was also used to cover some of the glass so that light could not shine through.

These painted pendants can be completed by either mixing powder glass with a medium or using premixed paints such as Glassline paints.

The painted glass can be achieved by using the paints with a traditional paintbrush or using the tips that come with the paints.

I have used both to achieve these designs.

Painting these on scraps of glass presents the appearance of sea glass that has washed up from the depths of the ocean.

The smooth edge bestows the manifestation that they have been tumbled by the tides like cherished presents from the sea.

Find a simple pattern of a face or other object that you like and transfer it to the glass, or free hand a drawing.

With paints it is really easy to correct any mistakes.

The paint can merely be wiped and cleaned off, or when dry use a toothpick to scrap off any paint that is not desired.

This is a simple layout of how these painted faces were accomplished.

There is so much depth and dimension that can be achieved through this process.

This intensity is accomplished by painting on both sides of the glass.

Of course it does require several firings to complete the technique.

There is nothing that says that these have to be used as pendants, my one daughter thinks that they would make an adorable wind chime if all assembled together.

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  • Pattern
  • Permanent Marker
  • Glass
  • Glassline paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint bottle tips
  • Toothpick
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Drill with diamond bit
  • Pinch bail

  • Directions:

    1. Select your pattern. This can be done by either placing a drawing under clear glass or by freehand drawing an outline. I used old pieces of scrap glass. This gives the pieces unusual shapes and sizes.

    2. Trace or draw the pattern with a permanent marker. This will enable you to follow the lines as you apply the Glassline paint. Remove the pattern. This is not a necessary step, but it is easier to follow the pattern on the glass.

    3. Using either a paint brush or the Glassline paint bottle tips, trace the drawing. This is only an outline of the drawing. You will be adding color and details in the next firing. Don’t worry if you make a few mistakes. Once the paint is dry, errors can be eliminated using a toothpick to scratch them off of the glass.

    4. Allow the piece to air dry completely. Clean up any mistakes or problem areas. If you decide to add more details to the piece, then you will need to allow the paint to dry completely before firing.

    5. Once dry place the glass inside the kiln on a prepared kiln shelf.

    6. Fire the piece until the edges have rounded and the paint is permanently embedded in the glass.

    7. Anneal the glass and allow it to come to room temperature.

    8. Remove the glass from the kiln.

    9. You will now have an outline of your pattern embedded into the glass. To add color and dimension to the piece turn the glass over so you are working on the back side.

    10. Keep in mind that you are now working from front to back. You are going to put in your details first and then the final color. For example if you want to add red to the lips and color to the eyes, they will need to be added before you add the skin color. Allow each detail layer on the painted faces to dry completely before adding the final colors, otherwise you will end up mixing and smearing the colors.

    11. Once your piece is completely dry, place it back inside the kiln on the prepared kiln shelf.

    12. Fire the piece again to adhere the paint to the glass.

    13. Once annealed and brought back to room temperature, remove the piece from the kiln.

    14. Drill a hole and add a pinch bail.

    These can also be made using a wire to wrap around the painted faces or to string them and add them to a wind chime.

    There is a lot of depth to these pieces since the painting is done on both sides of the glass.

    You will see the details shadowed onto the paint that has been adhered to the back side of the glass.

    Insert even more details or luster to these painted faces by adding some dichroic glass, frit or mica.

    The unique design is only limited by your imagination.

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