Stained glass pins completed for fellow streamer Glassmancometh. These are all his emotes and badges, minus the pickle, which is my own design. These are all in the 1-2" range. The details are all sandblasted designs with vitrea 160 paint filled in the etch, much of which is actually clear vitrea with mica. Backed with mirror spray and hvac and copper tape.
The amount I learned from this project is insane, but I believe I finally feel confident with a methodology of making stained glass pins that I am confident in, at least for now. The backing was a major hurdle I figured out from my first go at pins. This time I got a solid, realiable, mirror backing using krylon looking glass, protected with high heat spray, hvac tape, and then copper foil. I found I could only tin the backing though, because if the leading got too thick, it would contract oddly as it cooled and pull the backing away from the glass.
I tried, very hard, to figure out UV reactive additives for the pickles and one other piece but failed. It was so disappointing as everything either didn't survive the heat, or seemed to evaporate after a couple days. I did end up finding some dye that was meant for epoxy/resin casting that looks extremely promising, but only after I had finished the pickles.
I was trying to ask myself, why make pins in my medium? what's the advantage? it's fragile, there would have to be some significant gain to it. I think, looking at some of these pins here, is the effects I can achieve with depth and simple lighting changing effects of the mirroring. I don't have a lot on these guys, but for future projects I think that's something I'm going to try and focus on if I try and do pins. I would need to upload a video to show it, but the shading in these is a bit more dynamic, some of it is simply plain sandblasted and the mirroring is diffused, others the etch on the backside is filled with mica and sparkles, photographing glass is difficult on the best of days, photographing mirrored glass? Nightmare. I took this outside to avoid reflections though that removed the sparkle of the mica.
Lastly, this is the first project where I utilized RapidMask, a UV reactive photomask for sandblasting high detail. While I did the first bandana with vinyl, doing that 10 times for the order was a nightmare, rapid mask let me do that in an hour, rather than days. I also used it for the Goonie's face. A massive upgrade and success to future endeavors!
I am exceedingly happy with this project's successes and its failures as I have advanced by leaps and bounds during this time.