We have these awesome clients who ask us to make unique stained glass items for their many adult grandchildren each year. For Christmas 2013 we made this bevy of multicolored geometric’s, each one has a clear jewel centre. They measure approximately 5 inches x 5 inches. When soldering we put a penny under the jewel which raises it higher in the geometric and shows it’s beauty to a much higher degree.
Designed by Marianne Crivellaro
Every year we make our neighbours young daughters a Christmas Tree Ornament that they continue to value and cherish. This year we made these which included 3 small red glass nuggets glued to each with E6000 clear cement.
Design by Alee Soderman-Zurcher & James Zurcher
This Cattle Brand Bar S Reverse G now hangs proudly in a home in West Central Alberta.
Along with this picture there are 6 others detailing this panels construction.
After polishing and cleaning we then carefully drill 2 properly measured holes in the zinc came, attach rings and chain. The completed panel measured 20 x 20 inches.
Design by Bob & Flory Wilkins
Once the black patina has been applied we then clean the panel with Kwik Clean, this photo shows the panel upside down. We then attached a 1/2 Zinc Came U Channel frame ensuring that all joints that meet the frame a securely soldered on both sides. We then clean those joints with steel wool, apply black patina then clean again with Kwik Clean. Then we apply Kemo Pro Polish to both sides and once dry spend a fair amount of time polishing and cleaning the panel using a soft cloth and tooth brushes. We also go around each seam with folded paper towel, along with spending time examining the panel in sunlight to ensure that each piece of glass and it’s seams have been completely cleaned and polished.
Once both sides of the panel are soldered we use #0000 steel wool to clean all of the solder seams. Never use any other grade of steel wool than # 0000 as anything else will scratch the glass.
The panel is now ready for soldering.
Once we were satisfied with the letters and after adding a small lighter amber colored Spectrum Waterglass frame edge, we then used Spectrum’s Clear Vecchio glass to fill in the centre of the panel. Here again our saw and small grinder heads were used to get these pieces to fit around the letters.
The next photo shows the completion of the surrounding edging where we used a Spectrum dark amber glass. The brand was made from Spectrum’s Cherry Red Rough Rolled. The S and reverse G are each 1 piece of glass cut on our Taurus 3 Ring Saw. It was some what tricky to get all of the edges ground correctly but patience along with our Glastar Allstar grinder using 2 small grinding bits made the work relatively easy.
For her husband’s Christmas present this year a client wanted their cattle brand in a stained glass panel. The registered brand is Bar S Reverse G and shown. Around the edge we use 1×1 inch bevels. This picture shows the initial layout of the brand panel. We use the Morton layout block system along measurements and a small square to ensure exacting size of the panel.
We made this Noel for Christmas 2013 and photographed it with a winter wonderland background. If we remember correctly it was a sunny Alberta day but very cold.
Original design by Alee Soderman-Zurcher & James Zurcher with changes by Flory Wilkins
For the past 3 weekends we have had a big dump of snow, with melting and street snow removal in between.
We did manage to put up our Christmas lights on our home and the Colorado Green Spruce tree in our front yard during a few days of much warmer weather after the first 2 weekends of winter storms.
This weekend, November 16 we were once again hit with another winter blast, except this snow storm’s snow was lighter, with less moisture, coupled with high winds, whiteout conditions and much colder temperatures. Our winter wonderland is no doubt here to stay till next April 2014.
For those of you from around the world who view our website and Facebook enjoy our outdoor festive tree.
Photo by Bob Wilkins