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
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
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)
We were looking through our 1,000’s of older photos and came across this pair of Canada Geese in a circle pattern. Unfortunately this is the only photograph of the piece that we have. If memory serves us correctly the diameter of the piece was approximately 10 – 12 inches. With the return of spring, lots of Canada Geese make Alberta their home to raise their families in our lakes and sloughs.
Once again we were given the opportunity to make an Alberta Rose interior transom window for a new duplex in Olds Alberta. The window measured 36 inches wide x 12 inches high. For the border we used Spectrum’s 6022.82CC Congo Pearl Opal and in the centre we were fortunate to obtain a full sheet of Spectrum’s 100B Clear Barnwood which we matched across the window.
We previously made a similar Alberta Rose window using different glass which we featured on our website a few years ago for the same clients farm home SW of Olds, Alberta. (see link below)
The first photo shows the completed window prior to installation in our clients new duplex.
The next photo shows the transom window installed above the bedroom door way.
We use the Morton Layout Block system when building windows to ensure a precise fit. This photo shows the layout blocks holding in place the 3/8 zinc came border, with the border glass fitted along with the Alberta Roses foiled and burnished.
It is somewhat time consuming to fit and match the Barnwood glass, as all of the patterns are traced using white freezer paper that we obtain from Safeway, then glued on the smooth reversed side of the barnwood. There were five separate pattern pieces for each panel. We started on the left side and did each section ensuring that we cut and continued to match the barnwood glass across the whole window. The best advice we can offer anyone doing this is to take your time, measure and check numerous times before glueing your pattern to the glass and then scoring, breaking, grinding, fitting and foiling each piece. On each of the 3 panels we started at the bottom and worked our way to the top.
When making a window like this using clear glass, where the solder lines will have black patina applied it is imperative that black backed foil be used. For cleaning we use Kwik Clean after soldering, again after the patina is applied and then apply Clarity Stained Glass polish, using soft cloths and toothbrushes to clean and polish the panel.
Design by Bob and Flory Wilkins