Garden Bee and Poppy 2020

One of our clients often closes her messages with a Buzzzzzz notation which prompted us to design a rod poppy with a bumble bee attached as a gift to her.

This is another design to our Garden collection of plant pokes.

Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

More Prairie Lanterns 2020

Here are 3 more of our Prairie Style Lanterns. The first one has multi-colored glass. The 2nd one various yellows, golds and some Bullseye Fracture/Streamers and the last one various blues.

Original Design by Carolyn Kyle and Chuck with modified somewhat by Bob & Flory Wilkins

Many more lantern designs can be found in their book Lanterns for Home and Garden

Garden Butterfly & Poppy

We were asked by our granddaughter Poppy if we could make a Garden Poppy with a Butterfly for her teacher. From her suggestion we came up this design of a Poppy flower, with a small Butterfly attached.

With a rod attached this is another enhancement to our Garden collection of rod Butterflies, Dragonflies, Frogs and Ladybugs.

Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

Prairie Lanterns 2020

We decided to make one of these Prairie Style Lanterns. They measure approximately 9 1/2 inches high by 6 inches. The sides have numerous openings and the lid lifts off for votive and candle access. For a quiet evening family supper they add great ambiance to the dinner table.

For the base we used some very old 1/4 inch mirror glass which adds much more stability and strength to the lantern. In addition we attached vinyl feet to the bottom of the lantern so it would not scratch furniture.

We showed the first one to our 6 kids and their significant others to see if they would like them and their answers were a resounding yes. The first one is ours and the other 2 shown went to Leduc, Alberta. The glass colors used depend upon the colors requested by our various family members. We now are working on making 4 more of these with many varied colored combinations.

Original Design by Carolyn Kyle and Chuck Berets modified somewhat by Flory & Bob Wilkins

Many more designs can be found in their book Lanterns for Home and Garden

Open Hummingbird Panel with Gemstones 2020

As a gift we made this open Hummingbird Panel, complete with some Gemstones. The panel measured approximately 7.5 inches wide by 8 inches high. The recipient loved Hummingbirds and Gemstones. The Gemstones were attached with E6000 glue.

A helpful hint for anyone wanting to make a panel like this is to pre cut, fit and form the wire. We used some light welding rod and 18 gauge tinned wire.  Before attaching the rod and wire we beaded the edges. The welding rod was tinned prior to installing so as not to incur a lot of heat on the glass parts and with the beaded edges attaching was fairly easy as we held the various pieces with needle nose pliers to ensure that they fit half way between the glass edges.

 

Designer Unknown Gemstone Idea by Flory Wilkins

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