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Design Proposal for the West Window of St Mary's

By Tracey Sheppard


MAKING OF THE WEST WINDOW
BY
TRACEY SHEPPARD GLASS ARTIST AND CREATOR OF OUR WINDOW


STAGE 1

The drawing is complete, and we have worked on a test panel, just to clarify one or two technical things. We are currently working through the first acid processes of some elements of the design. So we really are making some progress. It has been insufferably hot at the factory this week- but on the up side it does mean that the acid is working very efficiently!
These two images were taken just as I was getting to the last complicated corner, and once the drawing was ready to go.

STAGE 2

The above image introducing the Great Dave Blackwell!! Dave has been working at Neros for 50 years next month. He has been incredibly generous with his knowledge and expertise and has taught me so much over the last 17 years and continues to be extremely patient with his whacky student! He is a star, couldn’t do it without him!! In this image he is rolling a thin coat of embossing black onto the glass. This is the first step in a technique called Black and Foil. Blacking coat dries completely, is then covered in a thin layer of beeswax which in turn is covered with a sheet of lead foil. This can then be cut through and sections of the glass exposed so that the acid can etch the surface. More of that anon.
Below shows the drawing- now copied onto a heavy weight tracing paper- laid out on two of the panes on top of the lead foil ready for me to draw through and begin to transfer the design.

STAGE 3

My un-manicured hand wielding a scalpel, carefully cutting through the lead foil and lifting out a small section of tree. Once this stage is complete the exposed beeswax and blacking are carefully ‘cleared out’ (cleaned off) to reveal the glass underneath so that the acid can do it’s work.
Below Meet Ray! Ray is the Acid Shop wizard. He is the expert who deals with this fearful substance and makes it do amazing things! He has to build a wall with a mix of beeswax and tallow around the glass to retain the acid. It is absolutely imperative that there are no pin holes in this wall as any leak will attack the glass in an area where it is not needed! You can see this in the foreground. The magic Ray is in the process of rinsing one of the panels in the back-ground. Between each stage it is vital that no traces of acid remain. He is likely to repeat these steps at least 5 times at the beginning of this project as I build up textures and work different sections.

STAGE 4

Here the tree and the words are covered with embossing black. This is drying and awaiting a coat of bees wax and a layer of lead foil. These coatings protect the surfaces and enable me to begin work on the landscape.
Below the hare and larger foreground grasses and the tree roots remain under lead and the area of the glass where the landscape will be revealed. The next step will be to clear away the blacking from the glass where the trees and fields will be gradually worked up with painted resist and acid processes

STAGE 5

Both of these images illustrate the use of embossing black painted onto a glass surface which has already had a white acid applied. The blacking preserves the white acid whilst all other exposed areas will now have a further acid treatment which will tone them back further. When the blacking is cleaned off eventually the glass underneath it will be white. Confused? .....!
We have now used a total of 6 acid processes on the panels and are ready to begin the next stage – introducing sand blast.

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