How To Select Glass for Your Stained Glass Piece - The Art of Choosing Glass
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Heidi_Rasmussen/446017]Heidi Rasmussen
Some things to think about for selecting glass for your stained glass piece:
* A stained glass window gives the viewer a diversity of appearances.
* The various levels and intensities of light shining through, from early morning until late into the evening, make viewing quite fascinating as the look of your window is ever changing.
* There are numerous varieties of glass that can be incorporated.
* Glass manufacturers such as Spectrum, Kokomo, Wissmach, and Uroboros to name a few, offer a wonderful variety to choose from.
* Things to consider when choosing glass would be the degree of transparency or opaqueness you want to see in your finished window.
Let's say you plan on building a stained glass bird. Choose a glass that has realistic colors and textures for that bird. When you are getting your pieces ready for cutting out, look at the direction of the pattern in the glass try to imagine the feathers, wings, and body of the bird, already completed. The more carefully you pick and choose the glass as you are cutting it the more satisfying the results.
This type of careful planning is more relevant when you are building something that has specific coloring. When you are creating a mandala or abstract piece, you do not have to be as selective as with trying to create nature's elements.
Important questions to ask yourself:
1. Are you hiding a background or enhancing one?
2. What textures of stained glass will make your piece the most interesting or realistic?
3. Which direction do you want the patterns in the glass to go?
4. How thick of glass do you want to work with? Some of the glasses vary in thickness. This is a consideration when you go to put the pieces all together.
5. What colors will make the stained glass window the best for your space?
6. When you are selecting your glass, hold the glass up to a window or a light table shows you what the glass will look like with light behind it. Look at the patterns in the sheet of glass and decide if you can 'see' what qualities the glass will bring to your finished piece.
You cannot totally predict what your finished stained glass window will look like, but certainly by selecting each piece of glass carefully using light behind it, and viewing various glasses together with light behind them, it will greatly improve your finished results.
This will make the result of your stained glass art more predictable.
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