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
We have Ravens all year round here in Central Alberta. They are quite the characters except when they raid garbage bags on pickup day, as they can make quite a mess. This one was made with Spectrum’s Black Waterglass and Black Cathedral and measures approximately 6 inches wide by 8 inches high. The solder lines were left silver to enhance the outline of each piece as black glass does not allow any light to show through.
We just made this White Raven (everyone knows that Raven’s are Black, however White Ravens exist but are rare and considered sacred, much like the White Spirit Bears) for The White Raven Emporium located in Didsbury Alberta. Cheryl Sword is the owner, who represents a number of high end artists in many mediums including our stained glass. White Raven has been in business for 8 1/2 years, open 10.00 AM – 5.30 PM Tuesday to Friday and Saturday from 10.00 AM – 5 PM.
Cheryl featured our stained glass in her store during the 2009 Wellspring Visual ArtNetwork Association – Art Walk and ever since has continued to support us and sell our stained glass items.
In addition to Windows of the West Stained Glass, The White Raven Emporium also features these wonderful and very talented artists:
Lody Van Den Berg – Wood art including his well know Birdhouses, Wall Art and Furniture.
Blaine Smith – Diamond Willow Furniture
David Todd – Otter Pottery
Barbara Bell – Pottery, Paintings, Paper Collage
Darlene Musser – Pewter and Crystal Wands
Patrick Davis – Paintings
Ken Chow – Photography
Natalie Von Raven – Paintings
Kim Pollard – Paintings
Darlene Moore – Paintings
Mary Frost – Paverpol
Karen Jones – Off The Top Creations Jewellery
and a few more….
If you are looking for that unique Christmas gift then the art works, handcrafted by all of these artists can be yours when you shop at The White Raven Emporium for those special people on your Christmas gift list.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.
Here is a hummingbird we made this fall for the Wild Bird Store located in Calgary. We used a Spectrum iridescent green for the wings and tail feathers. In order to provide longevity for this bird, strengthening braid was soldered in against the bottom of the body and beak.
Design by Jenova Moseley & Geneva Perkins