Hanoi artisan develops unique glass painting techniques

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Pham Hong Vinh has turned out beautiful paintings rendered, in reverse on glass, from his small workshop in Hanoi's suburban Ha Dong district for the past 20 years, VnExpress reported.

Vinh tried a number of different techniques before settling on his own technique of using a hand-held sand blaster to create subtle layers in the surface of the glass.

At Vinh’s workshop, artisans use either electric grinders or sand blasters to texture the glass.

The hand-held, high-pressure sand blasters are capable of boring holes in a piece of glass without breaking them, Vinh said.

To prevent the 12-milimet thick glass paintings from rotting or wearing away, they use special paints that can withstand temperatures of up to 750 degrees centigrade.
Traditional drums as well as familiar countryside images frequently appear in Vinh's works.
His paintings, of various sizes, are used as glass walls, floors, and roofs at many buildings in the north including the Kim Dong Cinema in Hanoi, the Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh Province and a number of hotels.
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