How to determine if your shade is hand painted
Other painted shades include tam, student shades and fonts. After the paint is applied the shade is fired in a kiln at over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Firing the shade fuses the paint with the shade for durability and longevity. An easy way to determine if the paint had been fired is to use an eraser and gently rub the paint. Paint that has been fired in a kiln will not rub off.Example of Hand Painted Shade (Item 04424)
Another way to decorate a glass shade is to stamp or decal a printed image on the shade. The process for decal is similar and requires the shade to be kilned. Decals are less expensive than hand painting and the images are more precise.Example of Hand Decorated (Decal) Shade (Item 010101)
Differences:To determine if the shade has decal or hand painted decoration requires close examination. Painted shades have the paint texture applied to the shade. Decals are almost perfect and the repetition of attributes is uniform. In other words, the images have no flaws and every leaf, pedal, or cherub is exactly the same. Skilled glass painters can create images of near perfection.† There maybe a subtle difference between each leaf and the subtleness provides the character and originality of the hand painted shade.