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
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
This is an easy to make simple designed candle holder. With a square base and 4 circles, which are relatively easy to attach together. We solder and bead the edges of the 5 pieces before assembling. You can use various clears and colored glass to suit your home decor. We buy the votive’s and candles from a local discount store and we also add 3/8 inch clear vinyl bumpers to the base to ensure that these and other candle holders we make do not scratch furniture.
Design by Flory Wilkins
Some 10 years ago we made this beveled candle holder set using mirrored glass for the bases wrapped in lead came, 1 inch bevels of various length’s and Spectrum’s green hammered glass. As they were somewhat tricky to put together, black electrical tape helped hold the various pieces in place. Then with spot soldering we secured their positions as well as to each base. Then carefully finished soldering the outside and inside seams, When working with mirrored glass one needs to put clear nail polish on the reverse side along the edges to be ground, as by doing so prevents the mirror coating from chipping off during grinding. They take time to solder, clean and polish but well worth the effort for this beautiful stained glass candle set.
Designed by George Shannon & Pat Torlen
Our second granddaughter, Sierra was born in early December and her birthstone color is Blue Topaz. We used Spectrum’s Clear Granite Iridescent for the wings and their Deep Aqua for the body, with fine silver chain soldered into the seams for hanging. The facial features were hand painted by Flory.
Design by Donna Schulze