Sometimes a finished piece needs a little extra to make it look complete. That little extra may be as elaborate as adding wire (see Betty's Christmas Trees and Lara's Bluebird a little further along in this post) and other times it's as simple as adding a drop of paint to make a pupil or an eye ball (as in Angie's Frosty the Snowman). When I use paint people always ask what kind it is and I answer "Pébéo Vitrea 160 paint". It's made for glass work and comes in assorted colors by the bottle or in a paint pen. The instructions state that you should put the painted glass into an oven for 40 minutes at 325 degrees to allow the paint to set more firmly onto the glass but on small paint jobs I see no difference and usually skip the oven step. Should you chose to use the oven remember to paint your piece after it's been ground but BEFORE wrapping it in foil. You want the single piece of glass in your oven, not the finished stained glass piece!
That said, I've found that nail polish works wonderfully on glass and I've used it frequently throughout the years. It's available in MANY colors and doesn't come off the glass unless you actually scrape at it. I've never put it in the oven though and I would advise you NOT to do that with nail polish.
So then, first up this week we have Cindy's M.C. Escher inspired Marble Swirl is finished and looking nothing short of marvelous! I love the 3D effect and when it was hanging in the shop EVERYBODY commented on how nice it looked without ever noticing the cracked piece in the (very obvious) center which we fixed when Cindy came back in with the matching glass. After that minor repair I can say that this is perfect.
Check out Angie's Frosty the Snowman! The coal eyes and buttons are just dots of glass paint put on after this was completely finished (washed, patinaed, waxed). I can see this being a replacement to the other snowman that our students love to make because there's less dealing with small pieces and a much easier paint job to finish it off. And yes, I made a copy of this pattern because I can see this being a big hit next Christmas.
Here's the deal. Cheryl completed a window this week but she was down to the wire putting the finishing touches on it so she left with it only needing to be washed, patinaed, and waxed. That, she said, she could do at home. Here's a look at the completed window (made out of stock bevels) looking somewhat fluxy and with no light behind it. I think you get the picture though.
Santa Clause may come just once a year but sometimes he stays late as in the case with Jan's Santa Claus window. She's to the point where this just needs to be ground and wrapped and that means that she'll EASILY have this ready for display next Christmas.