We just made a collection of these large Garden Butterflies. They are approximately 4 x 4 inches in size and are attached to a 2 ft metal rod. As the metal rod provides give in the wind they stand up very well in Alberta’s summer weather conditions and add a wonderful stained glass touch to your flower and garden beds.
Designed by Bob & Flory Wilkins
We have now finished the restoration of the 1st of 2 old Alberta Rose Came windows. This first one has a rose/pinkish granite background glass. Fortunately none of the background glass was broken however we did have to use some the green leaves, stems and amber border from the 2nd window, which allowed us to make one complete window with all original glass. This window was delivered to our client in Stettler Alberta a few days ago. He was most impressed and eventually we will be given photos of where he intends on placing it in his home.
The second picture below shows of just how much the granite background glass glistens in sunlight as the sun’s rays change during the day.
To view more of the construction details about this Alberta Rose window follow this link on our website
We love to do these restorations of very old came windows but they are an intense labour of love on our part, requiring many hours of reconstruction from photographing, numbering of each piece of glass, then lots of cleaning of those pieces of glass to remove decades of dirt, paint and grime, then restoring them in new came, soldering, cementing, cleaning and polishing. These windows that have lots of this granite glass takes many hours of intense cleaning with various brushes, X-ACTO knife blades, polishing cloth’s etc. but the finished restoration gives our clients and ourselves a great deal of pride and satisfaction.
For the past few years we have been working on and still restoring more of these old came windows. We just wanted to give you a hint of what we have been doing with these old came window reconstructions, and down the road we will have lots of pictures and their unique stories. Some of these windows are over 100 years old and the pictures below show the windows before being restored.
Window # 1
Window # 2
Window # 3
For our oldest granddaughter Poppy’s 1st Christmas we obtained this Wren/Nuthatch bird house from The Wild Bird Store in Calgary and attached the small stained glass poppy. Poppy’s mom and dad have a large treed back yard in Calgary with lots of many varieties of birds, bird feeders and bird houses. As of last report it appeared that chickadees were moving in/or just helping themselves to nesting material already deposited there. It will be interesting to see who gets to use it.
Stained Glass Poppy designed by Flory Wilkins
Wren/Nuthatch Bird House available at The Wild Bird Store Calgary, Alberta
These 4 Wrens are now available at The Wild Bird Store in Calgary. The measure approximately 4 inches by 4.5 inches and we used mostly Spectrum Glass, also 16 gauge tinned wire was used for the branch and the Wren legs.
Adaptation of design by Alison Ellis by Flory Wilkins