Stained Glass Plating And The Effects You Can Achieve With It

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.

Enough words! Here’s a video I made for you, showing the Plating Masters at Work and the effects they achieve with it.

It’s a stunning technique, isn’t it?

If you’re inspired to enough to give plating a try yourself

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT my PLATING MAGIC course here

Once you get started with all the colours and effects it’s hard to imagine doing stained glass in flat panels ever again πŸ™‚

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.Β  Now I feel like I could tackle it.” Jan Rollman, Plating Magic student

76 thoughts on “Stained Glass Plating And The Effects You Can Achieve With It”

  1. Mildly,

    I’m interested in the plating technique you outline. Is there any additional equipment needed to work in this way beyond the usual stained glass hand tools and grinder ?

    I just want to be aware before I start so I can consider any costs.

    Many thanks,

    Dawn

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    • Good question! I’m happy to say you won’t need anything special for plating Dawn. What will happen is that you’ll end up being able to use all that weirdy glass that you couldn’t use before πŸ™‚
      The page with the information about the Plating Magic class is here if you’d like to see it again – please give me a shout if you have any more questions.

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  2. You never cease to amaze me. After all these years of glass learning and experimenting you give me something new to try. Thank you.

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  3. I’m a beginner but I can’t wait to try it. Just wanted to let you know that thanks to you and your videos I’ve learned a lot and I enjoy it so much. Thank you

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    • That’s so great to read Wanda, thank you. I know you’ll love stained glass – you can forget about all your troubles when you’re in the thick of it (if you have any, that is πŸ™‚ )

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    • Oooh you’ve got a plating mind already Kristal πŸ™‚ The class explores glass combinations a LOT, so if you’re interested in learning the types of glass that work well together to get particular effects you’re in the right place πŸ™‚

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  4. thank you Milly for all the tips and info you send in your newsletters. I am french so sorry for the errors of grammar…. I am retired and I started stained glass and started to repaint 3 years ago. I am very perfectionist and plating will help me to get the colors and dephth in my glass works. So I am very happy to here about plating. I am wondering how to subscribe to the video course starting on sunday? will I get it on the newletters?
    thank you for everything!!!! Continue your excellent work
    Suzanne Seguin

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    • I’m so happy you’re interested Suzanne! Yes, the email with all the details about the class is on Sunday.
      We will soon have French subtitles for this class – and Spanish πŸ™‚ We’re going all international!
      Thanks for your kind words.

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  5. Looks very exciting and looking forward to the next videos. Like everyone has commented you present Stained Glass in such a way we can all learn and follow along so easily. This sounds like the next steps to bring the glass to life, I just hope I can join in but I still have so much to learn and areas to grow in. Thanks for all you do!

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    • Aw, thanks Jerri, that’s kind of you. Plating will absolutely bring your stained glass to life. I’m sure you’ll be fine! The class offers lifetime access so if you need to touch up on a couple of things first, there’s time πŸ™‚

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    • Great Jeanette! I’ve been very excited about teaching it, too. All the possibilities it offers and the difference it makes IS very exciting.

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    • I love it when something comes along at exactly the right time Ilona πŸ™‚ I’m sure you’ll love the effects you can achieve.

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  6. This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to learn more! Thanks Millie for sharing!

    FYI I save everyone of your newsletters and refer back to them every now and again!

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  7. I have two of Robert Oddy’s pattern books. One for large Panels and one for minis. He starts off very simple. I have made a few of his abundant some of my own. I’m really looking for your next video. I haven’t from much information about Plating on the web.

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    • Lucky you Donna. I’ve never seen any pattern books he’s done – didn’t even know he HAD any! There isn’t much on the web at all, I really don’t know why because it’s such an amazing technique.

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  8. So excited for the next video Milly! Such an exciting technique…I have an old watercolor of layered shells from college that I’ve always wanted to make into a window. It could possibly be a good candidate for plating! Fun to learn something new…thanks again!

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    • Oooh, layered shells Laurel… my mind is already off… Plating will definitely add texture and depth to this. I can see you have a ‘plating’ mind even before you’ve done it LOL!

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  9. Thank you Milly for our sneak preview. I can’t wait to see the second video and try this technique. Thank you again for sharing

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  10. Hi Milly, thank you very much, that’s what I was waiting for; a new technique. I’.m looking forward to see your next video! Greetings from a really cold and snowy Holland.

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    • I love new techniques. Especially when they make this much difference to your stained glass.
      I love snow too but that’s harder to come by!

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  11. So happy you are able to show this technique, can’t wait to see if I did it right on my owls or how to close up the gap in between the plating glass, have a great day

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    • Hello Sandy, your owls are great as they are! These extra techniques will show you how to close the gaps to seal them, yes πŸ™‚

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  12. Hello Milly
    An interesting side note on plating is the restoration and conservation techniques required to bring very old plated windows back to life. It seems that the air in the cavity created by plating, expands when heated during the day and escapes the window. During the chill of the evening that air contracts and is pulled back into the cavity. The problem is that the air of 100+ years ago was polluted with coal soot from the fireplaces of thousands of homes and that soot was drawn into window cavity. On the second floor of the Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati Ohio, USA) is a display showing the cleaning technique, that involves separating the glass, cleaning with a Q tip and distilled water, refitting the glass and then resoldering. I was amazed at the amount of soot that was removed as well as the sparkle that returned to the glass. I am happy to see that you are bringing plating to the forefront as it is truly a beautiful technique.

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    • Thanks for that info Tom, an interesting read. Soot! Who’d’ve thought?! Happily the windows are back to their twinkly selves now. I hope plating takes off; it really is such a transformative technique and all the options it opens up are astonishing πŸ™‚

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  13. Thank you, Milly, for this fabulous video. I am so excited to learn this technique since I knew that Tiffany had used it to create so much depth in the panels. This is exactly the kind of learning that keeps us juiced up to keep going and trying something new. Looking forward to the next installment. BTW, will you have a place where we can revisit these videos later?

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  14. Dear Milly
    Every now and then I just want to dip in and thank you for all your videos! They are so helpful, from how to cut a circle without a circle cutter..(one of my favourites) to all the soldering help and advice you give and inspiration with new techniques to further enhance our work. I have not heard of Plating and look forward to the your next video. I always share your videos to any one needing help with cutting or soldering. Such a great resource.

    All best wishes

    Jane

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    • Thank you Jane, that’s so kind of you. I hope you find the next video interesting – it’s about the ‘how to’ of plating.

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  15. Hi Milly
    Been with you for a few years and yes I am really interested in this Glass Plating. Looking forward to your upcoming videos and information on Plating

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  16. Hi Milly,
    I will certainly be waiting for your part 2 on plating.
    Thankyou for all your wonderful tips and tricks.
    Can’t believe that at 75 I am still able to add new things to the glass work I have enjoyed for the last 30 yrs.
    cheers
    Bev

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    • How wonderful that this is new to you Bev! You’re going to love it, especially with 30 years of experience to apply to it… can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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  17. Milly, thanks for the sneak peak into the world of plating. Such great examples of the technique! Can’t wait to see your next video!

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    • Hey Gail, glad you enjoyed The Greats πŸ™‚ The next one is more about how it’s done… in a much simpler way of course.

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    • Bev, did you want to sign up for my Newsletters? There’s a form on this page you have to fill in. I’m going to edit your email above as it’s not a good idea to put it on the web like that.

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  18. Oh, thank you! I love your emails and they make me feel confident that you can teach me enough that I can try plating. I’ve looked at a couple patterns, in the past, and felt that it was beyond me and I better stick to plain old copper work. I want to join your class and give it a cut and a solder.

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    • Oh I love hearing this Gypsy, thank you! You absolutely CAN do this – I’ll prove it to you both in the next video and in the Plating Magic class πŸ™‚

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  19. Something to look forward to! Thanks Milly. One question – do the pieces you show in this video also involve painting the glass? The detail is incredible. Stay safe. Ron

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  20. I will be very glad to be learning a new technique. I won’t be able to try it at first as all my glass supplies are in storage until the new shop is built. But, ideas create hope.

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    • I love that Karen; ideas DO create hope! The class comes with lifetime access so you can do it when you’re ready. It’s open on Sunday πŸ™‚

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  21. I’ve experimented with plating on one window for depth in my wine glasses (wine glasses, bottle, and fall leaves), but am very interested in revisiting/ reviewing the techniques. Your lessons are so informative and interesting; helps me brush up on my technique and learn new ways! Thanks!

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    • Thanks Patsy. The class includes all sorts on choosing glass and the best types for achieving the effects you want. I hope you enjoy the second video on Friday.

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    • You only have until Valentine’s Day to wait Bonny. I’m so looking forward to students doing it and seeing what they come up with. The effects are limitless!

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  22. Tiffany and Oddy were latecomers and copiers (very effective copiers) to the plating trick. Cathedral builders had been doing it for centuries. I bought 2 windows from a sadly demolished church in Massachusetts that in a couple places have up to 4 layers of glass. Sometimes for depth, sometimes for color and once to emphasize a panel that had actually been stained and fired. One window is 5′ of Christ and the other is 5′ of an angel. Would send pics but both are too fragile to pick up. I have a fantasy of restoring them when I retire (I’m 75 now so it will be a few years before I can afford to).

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    • Thanks for your historical additions William. Tiffany gets all the credit for lots of things he wasn’t first at; I guess that’s fame for you πŸ™‚

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