“ Brand: Deka / Misc House Type: Paint „
This is a review about a product that originated in Germany. It is a fine art product and the purpose of it is for painting glass. There are other products on the market for glass painting, but I have been doing this for many years, and my experience tells me that this is the best you can get, the longest lasting, the deepest finished colour, gives consistency of good quality results and one of the most effective to use.
The product comes in many colours. The colour range is as follows, WHITE, CLEAR, YELLOW, ORANGE, RED, CRIMSON, LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE, VIOLET, LIGHT GREEN, DARK GREEN, MEDIUM GREEN, BROWN AND BLACK. With these colours, you have an adequate range to make and mix all the colours of the rainbow.
The paint comes in a 3 inch high pot and although this seems relatively expensive at £3.95, the paint does go an awfully long way and will last. The quantity is not marked on the bottle which resembles an ink bottle. It has a screw tight lid which should always be put on the pot between uses, and is marked as combustible.
USES OF THE PAINT.
Now here, it is interesting to note that you can either outline your leadwork with a tube of outline lead paste at the same price by the same maker, and this is applied a little like putting icing on a cake or use the stick on variety of lead from Decraled which is what I use on all window projects. The outline paste is better for projects such as glass bottles and small ornamental items. Squeeze the tube and let the product flow making outlines of your design that you wish to paint, whereas the lead strips are good outside or in, and will weather well.
There are many uses for this glass paint, from an ornamental bottle, to leaded windows, from the outside of a glass, to a picture, although all work is on a glass surface.
CONSISTENCY OF PAINT
The paint is very thick and extremely difficult to put on with a brush, as it easily leaves brush-marks. I have overcome this problem over the years and now apply the paint with the point of a nail. I put the nail into the paint and then let it drop onto the surface in question and then lightly spread it with the point of the nail towards the lead edging so that there are no misses and the colour is even and intense. For larger areas, I tend to use a fine knitting needle to the same effect.
Mixing various colours for example for making petals of flowers more interesting is simple. You simply start at one side of the petal with one colour and then drop a drop of another colour into the wet paint and smooth the two colours together with the point of the nail/needle until the whole area is covered and even.
This paint has a fairly strong odour, and I would suggest that you wear a mask. Masks are relatively cheap and a good protection against inhaled odours. Other than that, make sure you are working in a well aired area.
Do keep out of the reach of children and away from any flame as the product is combustible and as with many painting products, not suitable for children. This is a particularly hard product to get off your fingers and needs thinners. I would advise against letting small hands use it.
Deka have thought of everything. When I first mixed colours, I found that the paint was very sticky and that the flowing consistency was sometimes lost in the mixing process. This can be overcome by adding a little thinners to the mix, and Deka supply thinners at the same price as their other products £3.95
Having mixed colours, place them in a small bottle with a screw on lid to keep the paint fresh and here I use empty bottles simply washed with the thinners, and kept ready to take mixed colours.
GETTING THE PAINT INTO EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY
If you do not put this paint on evenly and into every little nook and cranny, when you hold the work up to the light, you will see all your misses and it really does make the work look unprofessional and bitty. To counteract this, I have found that putting a torch underneath the glass and looking before the paint is dry helps you to alleviate the problem. I also have a light box for larger pieces and this helps enormously.
On most handicrafts made with this paint, the baking process is not really essential. For projects that need to last longer, i.e. windows etc., the baking process is a simply one. Simply place the finished product in a warm oven for around 15 minutes during the drying process and this tends to make the paint last longer and make it more resistant to weather. Of course, if you have huge projects, you cannot do this unless you have a huge oven, and here I found that placing the item in a warm area to dry helps its' resistance.
Always wash with the thinners supplied by Deka. White spirit will not clean brushes. If you work with a nail as I do, simply throw away and use a new one next time.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES YOU MAY ENCOUNTER.
It is essential to keep your paints clean and to close the pots in between each use. If you do not do this, you will find residual bits of paint that harden and fall into the clean paint contained in the pot. Obviously, this is going to result in dirty paint so I cannot emphasise enough that this is essential for good clean work.
During the actual painting and drying process, your work is subjected to risk, in that dust can get into the paint and leave little traces. Always try to work in the most dust free environment that you can because otherwise the results can be disappointing. Always leave the work to dry in a room where there is no activity, and it is wise to roll your sleeves up so that little fibres from your sleeves do not get into the paint.
Having said all the technical problems that you may encounter with this paint, I would add that the other makers of paints have the same problems. The reason that I use this paint as opposed to Pebeo and the other well known makes, is that is gives a depth of colour that the others do not. Simply add a lot of paint if you want the colour to be vibrant, less if you want the colour to be more faded. The white paint is superb for making pastel colours and I use this mixed with the desired colours to get all the colours that make up Butterflies wings etc., and subtle natural colours for leaves and petals of flowers.
For me, having done glasswork for nearly 15 years, this product is the best. It does pass the test of time, whereas Pebeo wears off and comes away from the windows in bits. Its' instructions are on a small pamphlet in the box and are clear and concise, and my own experience of the product means that I shall continue to use it in preference to other glass paints until technology finds a better alternative.
These paints are available from www.stainedglassdirect.com
Thank you for reading.
Unfortunately, the illustration by dooyoo is for the wrong paint.