Glass paint is pigment mixed with ground glass; after it has been applied to a glass surface, the piece is fired in the kiln and the “paint” fuses to the glass, forming a permanent, translucent surface impervious to damage from scratching, fading, and environmental hazards. Another paint-like technique is silver-stain, in which silver nitrate is incorporated into the substrate, transforming clear glass to a rich amber color. We apply paints and stains by brush, air-brush, or spray, depending on the design.


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