Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stained Glass Mini Transom

This is the latest from the studio.
A 6" x 18" mini transom. It was modeled after a full size, 12" x 36", transom I made for a restored craftsman home a while back. This is just "half" size. It does make a great small hanging window panel.
Three square bevels turned on point, surrounded by glue chip, and framed in a ruby waterglass.  A zinc frame, bi-directional hooks, and hanging chain finishes it off.
Yes, it is now available on Etsy. See the right sidebar.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Agate/Waterglass Panel

A quick close up of one of the small projects.
Cobalt blue Waterglass surrounding an agate slice.
This 6" round piece is a good combination of
decoration and affordability. These sell very well 
at the street shows.

Studio Promotion

This has been a busy week in the studio. 
I have spent the time making a lot of small projects that will sell for small $$. 
A few of them are shown in the photo above. I have many more to do....
This is part of the studio promotion that we do in the 6 warm months of the year. Our town has what they call "First Fridays" where some of the local merchants set up outdoor street displays of their products. There are a lot of hand made items, some yummy baked goods, live music, and good crowds of lookers / shoppers.
We have found this to be a good venue. Not just for showing and selling our work but for bringing more public attention to our studio. The small sales we make more than pay for the space rent and the resulting commissions are great. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Stained Glass Spring Project

A few weeks ago I posted some photos of my work area. On the project board at that time was the beginning of this Stained Glass Spring Project. I wanted to create a panel that would reflect the idea of spring. The feelings and the colors that we experience in spring time. A feeling of new growth coming from the darkness of winter, of new life breaking through as the warmth of the sun returns.
It has spent a lot of time on the table, off the table, being looked at, being changed around, being slightly re-designed, and has even had the occasional adult word or two used in its direction.
Where to place the to  balance the positive and negative space...what size globs.....etc. 
The interior bevels are done in clear, pale blue, and a pale green to reflect the spring season. The globs range from a rich cobalt blue, green, light blue, to a iridescent clear....a reminder of the budding trees and flowers of spring time.
Each piece is first ground, darkened, and then wrapped in copper foil and placed in its proper location. A bit over 1 1/2 lbs of solder was needed to provide the negative space. The solder was then darkened with a rich patina so that the glass globs seem to "bloom" from the darkness. 
The entire panel was then surrounded with clear bevels to allow 
the "sun to shine in" and bring the change of season. 
The finished, zinc surrounded, panel is 10" X 20" and weighs in at almost 4 pounds!  Tell me what you think...

Yes, it will be available for sale on my Etsy site...see the right sidebar.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Spring is here. The flowers are blooming.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Glass Glob Project

The stained glass "glob project" is progressing but 
at a rather slow rate.
It keeps getting changed...first one thing then another. 
The final (?), I hope, revision has been done and the  
panel has been wrapped in foil and is ready to solder.
If there are any more changes they had better happen right now. When I start the soldering I do not want to change anything else.  I will post a finished photo.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Shop Photo

My really well-organized workstation.........LOL.
When working in a too small space everything tends to get cluttered.
My work area is spread out over several parts of the former photo
studio.  I am looking forward to the time when it can be all together and better organized.
But this works for now.

Here you can see my latest project on the work board.
I will show you a close-up photo and write more about this panel later.