Freedom Isn’t Free Window Progress

Jason Hettel has been working continually on this project and making steady progress.  He has just finished the medallions representing the six branches of service.  I believe that these medallions are so complex that they together amount to greater then half of the effort involved in the entire window.  Here are a few more shot showing the finishing steps in the six medallion and the beginning of the work on the figures that occupy the most of the window and dominate the composition.  The imagery of the soldiers is a rather pixelated and I was not clear about how to accomplish the painting in vitreous paint.  Jason suggested air-brush for this and it sounded doable, so I asked him to do a trial and, after viewing the trial, it was clear that the air-brush painting would work very well.

One of six medallions, Here the Air Force, nearly completed.Instead of using a brush, Jason employs a fine metal pen point to create exact details with vitreous glass paint.Jason wrapped each of the finished medallions with lead channel to protect them. While some of them are single pieces of glass, others consist of several pieces. Some of the Service Seals translate into stained glass easily while others required several separate pieces. Assembling them with lead will protect them and prepare them for incorporation into the matrix of lead that will hold the entire window together.Here are all six finished, all in a row.Now into the rest of the composition that features the soldier figures. The glass for the rest of the window is made up of many pieces in a geometric pattern. In order to paint on all the pieces simultThis is the first time we have meployed air brush for vitreous painting. here Jason is doing a trial on a single sheet of glass, just to see if we like it. We could see that this was going to work very well.

aniously, just as they will be in the finished window, we use melted beeswax, applied with an eyedropper. The hot wax effectively holds the hand-cut pieces on a large sheet of plate glass. A computer print-out of the window, layed underneath the plate glass, guides the palcement of the pieces.