While we shiver through very cold weather here in Alberta, springtime is not that far away. What better way to brighten these cold dark snowy days with thoughts of having large or small Garden Butterflies accent your garden, or those of friends and relatives. Whether they be gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, weddings or to just tell someone they are loved, these are sure to brighten everybody’s lives.
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The first photo is of our large Garden Rod Butterflies and we have a huge selection of different glass to make these one of kind special gifts. We use Youghiogheny, Uroboros, Bullseye, Wissmach, Kokomo, Armstrong and Spectrum Art Glass with colors of your choice.
The following picture shows the smaller Garden Butterflies, the length of the rods can be made to suit one’s use, whether for outdoors in flower beds or indoors in flowering pots.
Along with the Garden Butterflies we also have those wonderful LadyBugs that all kids enjoy.
The last picture displays a group of Dragonflies, Small & Large Butterflies and Lady Bugs.
Designs by Flory & Bob Wilkins
We were asked to make 2 lamp shades one for each side of Vicki’s fireplace in Medicine Hat.
The next picture shows the lamps in our home prior to delivery to Vicki. The glass that she wanted gives off a very warm soft light. We used Spectrum glass SP 201.61S Ivory Opalescent, 1 inch sq bevels and the bottom glass is Uroboros art glass U-00-621 & U-65-540.
Close up of one of the shades by the fireplace.
We took Vicki’s pattern design and transferred it onto X-Ray film. We then cut out each pattern piece and traced onto the respective glass to be used.
Using Morton layout blocks we set up this jig to allow us to make the 8 panels required for the 2 lamp shades.
When tracing onto glass we made sure that the glass matched for the 2 top large panels. Then each piece was fitted, foiled and then soldered for each panel. We also ensured that the bottom pieces of Uroboros art glass matched as well.
Here is a photo of 1 of the panels after being soldered.
Once 4 panels were completed we laid them out, then joined them together with electrical tape.
After raising the 4 panels held together with electrical tape we put a light over the top to get and idea as to how the lamp shade would look when completed.
We then made sure that the lamps are level and square, touch solder the joints, and when sufficiently strong place the shade in a large box filled with newspaper. Using a small level we then fully bead each seam inside and out. We also used a 4 way spider for additional strength before soldering on the vented vase cap. Once completed each lamp shade is then cleaned with Kwik Clean, and this time we applied JAX pewter antique black patina, after which the shade must again be cleaned with Kwik Clean. Then Clarity stained glass polish is applied and the lamp shade is then polished using a soft cloth and toothbrushes on each seam.
The Gladiola flower is represented in the alphabet letter “G”. We believe that we made this suncatcher letter about 10 – 12 years ago. As Gladiolas’s come in many colors one can choose different flower and letter colors to suit the tastes and decor of whom they plan on giving one to or for their own home.
Design by Rachel Cecere
Over the years we have made these beautiful Tear Drop Hearts, which also has a hanging Swarovski Strass Crystal. We use Spectrum granite iridescent, along with frosted glass and they measure approximately 8 inches high x 7 inches wide, complete with a fine silver chain. When using clear glass we like to put black patina on the solder lines, but one must ensure to use black backed foil (7/32) to further enhance your piece, along with using Kwik Clean for cleaning and polish to make this wonderful suncatcher. These make wonderful gifts as they complement many decors.
We believe the original design was by Chris Rich
The Daffodil flower is very pretty for the Alphabet Floral Letter “D”. In this instance we did not make a surrounding border and this piece measures approximately 6 x 6 inches. As with any of these Alphabet Letters one has to use the flower colors but one can then pick and choose the glass color and textures for the individual letters.
This alphabet floral letter D shown was surrounded by Glue Chip frosted glass, and this piece measures approximately 9.5 inches high x 8 inches wide, the silver hanging chain was soldered in to the seams.
Design by Rachel Cecere