Grain Elevators are all but gone on the Canadian Prairies, those that remain are being preserved by local historical societies etc. We just made a series of these for a client that gives them away as gifts. The elevators measure approximately 5 inches wide x 7 inches high.
We were fortunate many years ago to obtain Alberta Wheat Pool Stickers. The glass used for the elevator was Spectrums # 823.72 Teal Green.
For the Pioneer Elevator the glass used was Spectrum # 379.1S Light Orange and White Wispy. We had the white letter specifically made for the Pioneer Elevator.
We had the United Grain Grower symbol made and the glass for the Elevator was Spectrum # 307 Clear White Feather White.
The lettering on the Saskatchewan Pool Elevator is white and the glass used was Spectrum # 359.1 Red & White Wispy.
Early this year we made this Butterfly Trio Cluster. The top red butterfly was made with Bullseye #1311 Crimson Red, for the bottom left we used a Bullseye # 3346-30 Cranberry Pink, Azure Blue, and for the one in the middle a heads & tails piece of Youghiogheny. This suncatcher measures approximately 6 inches wide by 8 inches high.
This was made as a gift for a friend who enjoys music. The combination Rose and Treble Clef measured approximately 4 inches wide x 7 inches high and contained 37 pieces of glass. We surrounded the oval with flexible U channel.
Original Design by ILA Press adjusted by Flory Wilkins
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
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