Friday, March 14, 2008
I Love My New Glazing Putty
And I know that's weird. But there's no other way to put it. I AM in love with my new glazing putty, AmChem Stained Glass Putty. I got some for Christmas from my godson, who will now forever go down in history as heroic and brilliant for this act alone.
Glazing putty is the stuff that you use to plug up the little gaps between the lead came and the glass. Puttying is a messy process that involves gunk and dust and the total destruction of at least one pair of rubber gloves. Doing it right means you've got a nicely sealed window. Doing it wrong means you have a drafty, wobbly window. And who wants that?
For me, getting the right putty is the single most important thing in finishing up a window. I've used soupy glazing putties and ones that vented off vapors that could take the paint off your car. Oh, but that AmChem...
Tomorrow the window and its putty will have "set" -- and I can clean it up and patina the solder joints. That will make those nice, dark lead lines that I love so well. Okay, I know this is oddly rhapsodic. A good glazing putty can do that to me.
Keep the diamonds. I'll take the really nice gunk, please.
...Well, keep the diamonds until I get these cruddy gloves off.