Earlier this year we were asked if we could make an Aspen Leaf for a new sign titled “The B Nest Studios” Upon further discussions with Bee & Tad of “The B Nest Studios” we decided to donate this aspen leaf to them.
Why – well Bee and Tad’s first book recently won an international book award. This children’s book is titled “What Bee will you Bee”, the story by Bee and wonderful, dazzling artwork by Tad.
This fall The B Nest Studios teamed up with The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and they opened a store in September at the Bower Mall in Red Deer, Alberta. The Child Advocacy Centre allows kids and families that are affected by child abuse to get the help they need right now. They have professionals from every arm of the system there to get kids into safe spaces and places, without making them bounce around buildings and people for weeks. There are RCMP, social services, psychiatrists, social workers, medical professionals, lawyers and many other people that meet on their own time once a week to get these cases through as fast as possible and get these kids back to what they should be doing… being kids
We feel so lucky to have been able to participate in a small way in Bee & Tad’s amazing journey.
The Aspen Leaf measures approximately 10 inches high by 9 inches wide. It was attached to their metal sign as shown below.
If you wish to find out more about their award winning children’s books, artwork and other items, their website link is below.
The last picture is of the store front at the Bower Mall in Red Deer Alberta. If you are ever in the area please go and see what their store has to offer as they work in conjunction with the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.
Aspen leaf designed by Flory & Bob Wilkins
Our clients asked us if we could repair this beveled Polar Bear/Northern Lights panel, which measures approximately 40 inches wide x 14 inches high. Unfortunately the left side of the border came had pulled apart. Fortunately the panel did not get broken.
We carefully removed that piece of border came and then re-attached it to the panel as well as strengthen all of the solder seams on both sides/corners of the panel that butted up to the came.
The first picture shows the completed repair, after being cleaned with Kwik Clean and Clarity stained glass polish applied.
This is a very pretty panel. Most of the glass used for the northern lights was Spectrums Artiques along with Spectrums white waterglass. The Polar Bear is a Glassmith bevel cluster.
The following photo shows where the left side came had come loose from the panel.
Polar Bear Bevel Cluster by Glassmith Studios
A client from Rimbey Alberta brought us this panel which if memory serves us correctly had been knocked off the window by her cat. When doing restorations like this we first do a rub by laying over the panel a taped down piece of white freezer paper. We then take carbon copy paper and rub the entire panel which traces the solder lines to the paper and that paper then serves as a guide to rebuild and restore the panel.
This panel was originally made by our clients daughter and we wanted to save as much as possible of her work when restoring this stained glass loon panel.
Then we removed the frame and proceeded to remove the necessary pieces of broken and other glass. In this case we worked from the bottom up and did not proceed beyond the dark blue glass below the brown colored glass as all from there to the top of the panel was still intact.
Fortunately we had matching replacement Spectrum Glass to replace the broken pieces.
The next photo shows the rebuilding process. We had to use quite a lot of new glass in the lower half due to the breakage and to restore proper fitting of the pieces.
When one does this without taking the whole panel apart, it is necessary to first solder together all of the new pieces, then placing some thin clear glass under the restored part in order to bring it up to the same level as the original top portion of the panel. This is required to ensure that new pieces connect properly at the same level. At the request of our client we changed the loon eye to red.
We also installed a 1/2 inch new zinc came frame around the panel.
After soldering we clean the flux off with Kwik Clean, take steel wool (#0000 – which does not scratch glass) to the solder seams. Then apply black patina, again cleaning with Kwik Clean and finally applying Clarity (Kem Pro) stained glass polish.
These suncatchers represent harvested wheat. They were commissioned as gifts for grandchildren for Christmas 2017. In the bottom center of each we placed a birthstone color glass representing the birth months of each grandchild.
We soldered in a fine silver chain on each for hanging. These suncatchers measured approximately 3.5 inches wide x 4.5 inches high.
The first photo from left to right the blue represents Blue Topaz for December. The middle red one represents Ruby Red for July. The right one represents Peridot for August.
In the next photo from left to right the dark blue represents Aquamarine for March. The center clear crystal ice iridescent represents Diamond for April. The one on right represents Emerald Green for May.
Design by Flory Wilkins
A client in Slave Lake Alberta requested that we make one of our United Grain Growers Elevator with the town name of Kinuso on it. Kinuso is located west of Slave Lake and just south of Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta.
Our grain elevators measure approximately 4.5 inches wide by 6 inches high. We box them complete with a care letter and a suction cup for hanging.
We also make Alberta Wheat Pool, Saskatchewan Pool and Pioneer Elevators with name locations to suit our clients requests.