For this Circle Star we used Spectrum’s Granite Iridescent glass for the star, the red blue glass was Bullseye and the surrounding purple was a Kokomo 865 TRIP. This suncatcher measured approximately 5 inches x 7 inches.
Design by Alee Soderman-Zurcher & James Zurcher
These whimsical small very colorful hummingbirds are always a great inexpensive gift idea. We just sent a lot of these to The Wild Bird Store in Calgary.
Here are 3 of 4 Chickadees made this spring for The Wild Bird Store in Calgary, they measure approximately 5 x 3 inches. We like to use Kokomo 1075 & 1076 for chickadees. For the branch we use a piece of copper electric 14 gauge wire, cleaned with steel wool and tinned. These birds are all cleaned several times in the process with Kwik Clean, black patina applied and finally Kem-Pro stained glass polish.
This is another Goldfinch that we made for the Wild Bird Store in Calgary. We used all Spectrum glass and the white glass was Spectrum’s clear white baroque. This Goldfinch measured approximately 4 x 5 inches.
Design by Carolyn Kyle
In early March we were brought from Calgary 2 Tiffany Style Lamp shades for repair. One of the shades vase cape as you can see in the first 2 pictures had pulled away from the lamp. This unfortunately was due to poor attachment of the vase cap to the lamp shade.
We had to fully remove this vase cap smooth out all of the solder joints, along with cleaning the cap and joints with steel wool. Always remember when using steel wool the only # that you can use and won’t scratch any glass is #0000. Then we re-soldered the vase cap not only to the outside lamp solder seams but also to all of the inside solder seams and to the top rim of the lamp shade.
Then we use Kwik Clean to remove any flux using tooth brushes and compressed air to ensure all of the Kwik Clean has been removed and the repair soldering is clean & dry. Once that is done we applyed new black patina where required, clean again with Kwik Clean.
Once we were satisfied with the repairs we then applied Kem Pro polish to both lamp shades inside and out. The other lamp shades vase cap was attached ok but we applied additional solder connections on the inside and of course cleaned the flux off, applied black patina, re-cleaned and then applied Kem Pro polish. We then use soft cloths along with toothbrushes to ensure that each piece of stained glass in lamp shade is cleaned and brought to a luster shine. This takes some time due to the many pieces of stained glass in each shade and also both the inside and outside of the shades had polish applied.
The final picture shows one of the shades after being polished and ready to be returned to our clients who live in Calgary.
These Tiffany Style Lamp Shades Designed and Made in China