Beastie Boys Glass

The Adoration Of The Magi                  Stained Glass Window          12"x15"

"The Adoration Of The Magi" - Stained Glass Window 12" x 15"

Once again I was asked to partake in the latest “Under The Influence” tribute show at Gallery1988 in Melrose CA.  This years topic was The Beastie Boys.  This was exciting as I’ve been a longtime fan of the Boyz and knew this would be an excellent opportunity to create a shrine-like stained glass window for the show.  Unfortunately many of my early sketches and work in progress pictures from this project were lost in a massive HD failure… but luckily a few were stored in other places.

Stained glass windows require a whole ton of pre planning before any physical labor begins…

I make many different layout sketches + lead frame work sketches and later digital color tests.

Various stages of layout and color sketches

Various stages of layout and color sketches

Once the design is fully realized…. A master template is printed and cut into individual (paper) pieces.  These pieces are then afixed with glue to various shades of glass.

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Glass template pieces (Note: these are from the Spider-Man window project)

Once all the pieces are glued to their corresponding glass colors, the pieces are cut out using a standard glass cutting tool. Once all the pieces are cutout, cleaned, and arranged, the individual glass painting begins.  Each piece is hand painted with a mixture of lead dust and white vinegar.  Once a piece is finished, it’s fired in a kiln at 1200 degrees F thereby melting the pigment into the glass.

Various stages of pigment application     Note: pigment is applied to the back of the glass hence the image is reversed

Various stages of pigment application Note: pigment is applied to the back of the glass hence the image is reversed

First line work and then layers of shading are applied.  The above photos were taken on a light box… all the “white” glass is actually clear glass.  All of the pieces are still free floating and not connected together during the entirety of the painting stages.  When all the pieces are finished, an application of silver nitrate to various parts “stains” the glass the familiar amber color seen in many medieval church windows.

When all the pieces are done… they are finally assembled with a lead boarder, completing the window.

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3 Responses to “Beastie Boys Glass”

  1. […] For more info on the process check out the Beastie Boys window. […]

  2. this is so sick and creative. i really like the hollywood insignia and the inside shading.

  3. Dang shoot that is some boss glass.

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