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Rafter Double U Ranch Cattle Brand West Country Alberta

The Rafter Double U Ranch Cattle Brand commission measured 16 inches high x 40 inches wide. The brand was inserted into a china cabinet door frame. This was an interesting commission as we combined 2 inch sq bevels and Spectrum # 451-20W Ruby Red Waterglass for the border and brand.

For the centre portion we used Spectrum # 100B Clear Barnwood, however it was a tricky layout and cutting of the barnwood glass as we wanted to match it across the brand. The barnwood glass is raised and all of the pattern had to be laid out on the reverse side of the glass where much time was needed to ensure that the glass matched. When one is doing this kind of matching one only has one chance to figure out things and cut the glass accordingly or no more matching and or starting all over on a new sheet of glass.

We were most fortunate to have been able to obtain the Spectrum glass our clients wanted before the closing and sale of Spectrum Glass Company last year.

To help us with this design we once again enlisted the design help of Martha from Paned Expressions Studios in Edgewood Maryland.

The panel had to fit exactly into the reverse side of the cabinet door and the outside was surrounded with Cascade Zinc # ZB 932 which has a width of just over 1/4 inch.

The first picture shows the completed design before being inserted into the wooden cabinet frame.

The cabinet frame had a 30 – 40 year old came stained glass panel which our clients did not want. We had to remove it, then clean out the old glue/cement and we found new rubber replacement material to hold in the new brand. Before installing the rubber, we used a clear silicone cement, then carefully hammered in the rubber material into a thin slot in the wooden frame.

The following picture shows the brand installed into the cabinet door frame.

The last photo is the brand and frame all installed in their ranch home.

Their Cattle Brand is a Registered Alberta Brand

Brand Panel designed by Paned Expressions Studios

Alberta Rose Lapel Pin

Flory required a gift for Alberta’s Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star earlier this year and one of his favourite flowers was the Alberta Rose. We reduced the size of our Alberta Rose and made it into a lapel pin. We then attached rare earth magnets to the back which are strong enough to hold the rose on lapels and can also be used as a fridge magnet.

The first photo shows the rose before having black patina and polish applied, and the last photo shows the completed Alberta Rose.

Design by Flory Wilkins

Poppies & More Poppies

We were asked by the Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star to make a small boxed poppy to be given away as gifts at the Alberta Grand Chapter meeting in Calgary in early June 2017. They ended up going across Canada and the United States.

The poppies measured approximately 3 inches in diameter. We used Spectrums # 359.1 Red & White Wispy Glass for the petals and Spectrums # 1009 Black Cathedral and # 1009W Black Waterglass.

In total we made 75 of these Poppies.

Unfortunately we forgot to obtain a photograph of a completed one hanging in the sun. The photo shows 8 ground poppies ready for foiling, then soldering and cleaning after the various stages with Kwik Clean, they then had black patina applied along with Clarity Polish.

Design by Flory Wilkins

Beveled Transom Window 2017 Olds Alberta

This beveled cluster transom window measures approximately 12 inches high x 36 inches wide.

We made the same design a couple of years ago for our clients farm home SW of Olds using the same bevel cluster with Spectrum’s Sky Blue Wispy in the centre with the border made from Spectrum’s Clear Artique.

This time our clients wanted to have the border made from Spectrum’s # 100B – Barnwood and for the centre Spectrum’s #6022-82CC Congo Pearl Opal. We fortunately had sufficient lead time from our clients that allowed us to obtain these Spectrum’s glass before their closing and selling of their business last summer/fall of 2016.

The next picture shows the window installed in a new duplex in Olds Alberta, initially a temporary piece of molding was employed until additional material could be obtained and it is now all properly completed.

Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

Black Lab – BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Fundraiser

For their 2nd Annual BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Trivia Night Fundraiser event which was held on April 29th, 2017 in Calgary, we made this Black Lab. We used Armstrong Glass # AG – 1825S an Opal Black/Streaky which allows light to filter through this glass (most black glass allow no light penetration).

The dog measures approximately 8 inches wide by 11 inches high.

Once again the fundraiser was very successful to raise funds for the development of dogs to help kids with autism, seeing eye dogs for the blind etc.  They are always looking for donations. One can also become a puppy sponsor by accessing their website.

For more information their website is www.bcandalbertaguidedog.com

Design by Tessa McOnie (Spectrum Glass Patterns)

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