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

Quilt Block 2020

This Quilt Block panel gift measured 6 x 6 inches and has a 1/4 Zinc Frame. Before soldering the frame together we carefully drilled the holes for the key ring inserts. We then finished soldering the joints to the came, cleaned with Kwik Clean, applied black patina after scrubbing the solder with #0000 steel wool and finally applying Clarity stained glass polish.

The final process item is to insert the key rings and attach the chain, by using link chain it is easy to add or remove links for perfect hanging from a secure hook in any window.

Design by Marianne Warner in Spring 2006 Glass Patterns Quarterly

Sylvan Lake Landscape 2019

This wonderful door insert began with humble beginnings as our client initially had made a rough sketch on a piece of paper (see second picture below for the drawing). We then made several trips to our clients home on the shores of beautiful Sylvan Lake located in Central Alberta west of the city of Red Deer.

Once again we enlisted Martha Hanson and her design team at Paned Expression Studios Inc in Edgewood Maryland USA for their stained glass design expertise.

The door insert is approximately 20 inches wide by 63 inches high and comprised of some 400 pieces of stained glass.

This is how this window was first conceptualized by our client.

After visits and further discussions our client enhanced his ideas in more detail.

Shown here is the Fall view of Sylvan Lake from our clients property.  The jut out on the left center is called 3rd point.

This is the view from the door going out onto our clients deck and where the stained glass insert was made for.

This next photo shows a window view of the various birch/popular trees on the property.

On the property were Red Osrser Dogwood and Purple Leaf Sand Cherry bushes, together with birch and evergreen trees all of which our client wanted incorporated into the stained glass panel.

View of one of the many evergreen trees on the property.

Our clients are excellent purveyors of art and from this original painting came up with the basic idea for their stained glass door insert.

The following picture shows the design pattern on which we constructed this panel. We used Spectrum, Uroboros, Bullseye, Kokomo, Wissmach and Youghiogheny glass in the panel.  Here is an interesting fact it required over 208 feet of black backed copper foil.

We started at the top of the panel and worked our way down to the bottom. We use the Morton Layout block system and one has to make sure to measure corner to corner diagonally to ensure squareness of the panel in order for it to fit properly.

The next series of photos are some closeup pictures of the panel construction using the copper foil method. One has to be very careful all the time to ensure the correct flow of the glass.

Next photo shows some of the soldering using 60/40 solder.

 

Designed by Paned Expression Studios

Beveled Northern Lights/Polar Bear Panel 2019

Our clients asked us if we could repair this beveled Polar Bear/Northern Lights panel, which measures approximately 40 inches wide x 14 inches high. Unfortunately the left side of the border came had pulled apart.  Fortunately the panel did not get broken.

We carefully removed that piece of border came and then re-attached it to the panel as well as strengthen all of the solder seams on both sides/corners of the panel that butted up to the came.

The first picture shows the completed repair, after being cleaned with Kwik Clean and Clarity stained glass polish applied.

This is a very pretty panel. Most of the glass used for the northern lights was Spectrums Artiques along with Spectrums white waterglass. The Polar Bear is a Glassmith bevel cluster.

The following photo shows where the left side came had come loose from the panel.

Designer unknown

Polar Bear Bevel Cluster by Glassmith Studios

 

Repair of 120 + Year Old Panel 2019

Our client found this very old came panel in the attic of his 92 year old father’s shop and he had no idea it was there. The story is that they used to be part of his great (or great-great) grandfather’s home in England.

The panel had held together quite well over the decades except for the 1 broken piece in the center. We were able to find a very close match with a Small Hammered Spectrum # 100HS. On the reverse side we carefully bent the lead came back, made a pattern and fitted in the new glass. Then after bending the came back, we soldered the joints and cemented in the new piece of glass.  After using whiting and Kwik Clean to clean the off years of dirt and grim we applied Clarity Polish.

As this panel with it’s frame was over 4 ft wide we could only stand it up in our window to photograph the finished panel, which then required flipping the picture with our Picasa 3 system.

It is our clients intention to hang this panel in their new home under construction and eventually he will provide us with a picture. We also understand that there is another one these panels completely intact and all it needs is to be properly cleaned and polished.

Designer Unknown Repair/Restoration by Bob & Flory Wilkins

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