Microscope Slide and Paper Panels

Microscope Slide and Paper Panels

Inspired (and somewhat surprised) by the number of people who make pendants and other jewellery from glass microscope slides, I decided to explore whether this was a way of incorporating printed images into stained glass pieces without etching or complicated transfer processes.

I used a set of decorative papers produced by Papermania for scrapbooking and decoupage, based on images from the Natural History Museum (you can buy these from art shops, on Ebay although we got ours at The Range). I wanted a small pattern and used one with images of plants, birds and butterflies along with handwriting on one side, and a fairly neutral pattern on the other.

Strips of the paper were then sandwiched between two microscope slides (you can buy boxes of these for a few pounds on Ebay or Ali Express) and then the glass-and-paper sandwich was foiled. I didn’t glue the paper in place – once they were foiled and burnished the edges were sealed and the paper was nicely held in place between the glass slides. The resulting sandwich was about 2.5mm thick, so not too far off the thickness of the 3mm stained glass I use. Once these were tinned with 60:40 solder they were ready to be included like any other piece of glass.

slides with copper foil

And here’s the finished piece – the four slides combined with a circle of Wissmach ‘florentine’ glass, soldered and finished with black patina.

I was pleased with the ‘arts-and-crafts’ look this gave, and can see the potential of this technique for other (and bigger!) mixed-medium stained glass pieces in future.

Patrick Carmichael

Experiments in stained glass and other media.

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