Welcome to Plating. What do you think of when I say that word? If it’s ‘FOOD’, you’re in good company! Thankfully for us, it applies to both food (lovely) AND stained glass (even more lovely).
Stained Glass Plating is when you stack or layer glass up to create limitless special effects; depth, shadowing, textures and colours galore. It adds a huge amount to your work.
This video takes you straight to the Top of the Plating Tree with work by Tiffany and Robert Oddy.
It highlights the stunning effects they achieve with plating and how it can be used to add a sense of dimension that you simply can’t get with a single layer of glass.
Enough words! Here’s the video I made for you, showing the Plating Masters at Work. Don’t forget to look out for that background 🙂
It’s a stunning technique, isn’t it?
- *If you’re eagle-eyed you will have noticed the faded solder lines in the background of each of the panels. This is made possible because these panels are more than one layer deep. The faded solder lines are created by putting a semi-opaque glass in the top layer which diffuses the colours and textures of the glass shapes in the bottom layer underneath.
The semi-opaque glass also makes the solder lines appear lighter and less obvious, giving the effect of distance to the panel.
It’s a simple but ingenious trick of the eye, and one that has a huge impact on the success of the stained glass panel. Using this method – even in it’s most simple form with 2 layers – will open up infinite new horizons for your stained glass.
If you’re inspired to give plating a try yourself
Once you get started with all the colours and effects it’s hard to imagine doing stained glass in flat panels ever again 🙂
“I have had a dream panel in my minds’ eye for 10 years now, but knew I needed to do plating to get the water portion the way I wanted. Now I feel like I could tackle it.” Jan Rollman, Plating Magic student