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The PICTUREit solution used for the Strasbourg Cathedral stained glass windows is a process for digitally printing enamels on glass followed by high-temperature annealing. This technique enables patterns, photos and text to be applied permanently and indelibly to all types of stained glass windows.
It was used for the first time in a listed building, in June 2013, when Saint-Étienne Cathedral in Cahors (France) unveiled its stained glass windows by the artist Gérard Collin-Thiébaut. They were manufactured by the Glassolutions site in Deggendorf (Germany) in association with the Parot workshop.
This collaboration was renewed for Saint-Gatien Cathedral in Tours (France) in 2014: Glassolutions France produced 300 square meters of contemporary stained glass windows using CREA-LITE COLOR, another solution for printing on glass.
CREA-LITE involves forming clear or tinted glass. The first step uses a photo or digital file to create a mold etched with a personalized relief. The glass is then placed in the mold and raised to a high temperature. The thermoforming takes place gradually: the glass forms to the shape of the 3D relief mold under the effect of gravity. The mold is then tempered. CREA-LITE can be colored using a glass printing technique: colored powders are deposited on the surface and vitrified during the firing cycle.
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