I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.
Thomas A. Edison
I mixed about a tablespoon of the dry Pearl Ex Pigment [681 Duo Blue-Green] by Jacquard Products [see Squared Rainbow Concept] into the oily putty — usually a whitish-cream.
It took quite a bit of mushing to get all [well, almost] the white to turn colour. Hence, my alien hands.
I certainly don’t mind getting my hands mucky with putty — but this was extra fun!
After cleaning, you don’t see much of the putty but there is a line of it between each piece of glass & the lead that surrounds it. The best photograph I could get was along the larger piece of clear glass.
See the thin turquoise line beside the grayish-black lead? That’s the turquoise putty in my window.
You can also see the gray-black putty line of the brown, vinyl-framed windows [oops, & a dust bunny] in this old place. This definitely needs replacing — hmm, have to ask the landlord about that one. Later.
I absolutely love this coloured putty idea — I don’t see much sparkle to the putty — but in certain lights, it does seem to have a slight sheen.
I’m hoping the sparkly effect will be more pronounced once all eight panels are installed in the porch & sunlight is shining through.
Even better, up close photography of the putty showed me a spot where the lead was bowed — a little straightening & more putty fixed it all up.
But again, when I photograph stained glass, the special uniqueness of the materials is not captured — a highly-proficient photographer is needed to do that.
While the putty shows a bit in the smaller squares when viewing up close — mostly against the white glass or under the larger, ½” lead [vs. the smaller ¼" leading part of the design] — it blends in with the lead & appears black in photographs.
I love this Pearl Ex Pigment! When I was at Opus Arts, I saw lots of wonderful, sparkly colours — copper, earth red, light blue, yellow, . . . I’m going to pick up a few to have on hand for future projects.
Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle