For one of our sons and family we made this transom window. It measured some 66 inches wide by 10 inches high. It was recently installed over their front door in Leduc Alberta.
We incorporated the East Coast Bud design from our Glass Eye 2000 stained glass computer program from the initial design by Jan Williams. This was a Victorian Panel design Circa 1837 -1901 originating on the East Coast of the USA.
For the border glass we used Youghiogheny 900DSR a Dark Blue Waterglass. This is a beautiful art glass however for the inexperienced stained glass artist it can be difficult to cut as well as foil but the end result is well worth the effort. The East Coast Buds were made from Bullseye 2311-30 a Cranberry Pink & White Double Rolled.
The clear glass was Spectrum’s SP – 100B Barnwood, which we were able to procure prior to their selling of their business to Oceanside Glasstile in Carlsbad California. Fortunately we were able to match the barnwood across each section of the 3 Buds and the way it ended up the panels blended extremely well together across the full width of the design.
The first photo is taken from inside the home and one can see how the Barnwood glass matched across the window.
The next photo was taken from the outside of the home.
The next photo shows the transom above the main entrance beveled door and it’s beveled side panels.
After printing off the design from our Glass Eye 2000 program we bordered the pattern using the Morton Layout Blocks system. We had to make sure that all of our measurements were exact and would fit the inside of the window frame. As well we used In-bedded strengthening braid to ensure panel strength and longevity.
The following photo shows the panel all ready for soldering. Once soldered we use Kwik Clean to remove solder flux. Then we cleaned the solder seams with #0000 Steel Wool applied Jax Pewter Black Patina, then cleaned the panel again with Kwik Clean. Finally we apply Clarity Stained Glass Polish and once dry use soft clothes and tooth brushes to clean and polish the panel and it’s solder seams.
Adaptation East Coast Bud design by Jan Williams
from Glass Eye 2000 computer program by Flory & Bob Wilkins
Our client’s wife is a long time quilter and for her birthday he wanted to give her a stained glass sewing machine panel. The panel measured 12 inches high by 14 inches wide. The spool of thread alongwith the 2 round black dials were overlaid on the panel. We also used overlaid wire for the thread and needle.
We used strips of colored glass to represent quilting material. Her sewing machine was a Bernina and we added the name in black lettering as a final touch.
Design by Flory Wilkins
This Zebra panel was commissioned for Christmas 2017 and measured 10 inches wide x 14 inches high. We fortunately still had some Spectrum Baroque #BR 6000 – Black/White/Clear for the 4 corners and for the rest of the frame we had a discontinued piece of Spectrum #4000-9SF Black/Clear.
We used Spectrum #1009W Black Waterglass for the Zebra’s black lines and Spectrum #200CC Corsica Pot White Opal for the white portions. For the nose and ears we used Bullseye Charcoal Grey Double Rolled #1129.
The background glass was Spectrum #823.92 Teal Green Swirled with White Wispy. The frame is 3/8 inch zinc came, drilled very carefully with key chain rings inserted for the hanging chain,
When making panels we use the Morton Layout Block System and we use a metal square to ensure that the panel is square, as well as making sure corner to corner measurements are exactly the same.
Original Design by Chantal Pare with some slight modifications by Flory Wilkins
In June 2017 this Eagle circle panel was given as a gift for The Most Worthy Grand Patron of The Order of Eastern Star at its Grand Chapter 2017 meeting in Calgary, Alberta. The circle is approximately 8 inches in diameter and ended up going to Pennsylvania USA.
Adaption by Flory Wilkins of orginal design by Paned Expressions Studio
From an Intarsia Wood design from one of our clients
The Rafter Double U Ranch Cattle Brand commission measured 16 inches high x 40 inches wide. The brand was inserted into a china cabinet door frame. This was an interesting commission as we combined 2 inch sq bevels and Spectrum # 451-20W Ruby Red Waterglass for the border and brand.
For the centre portion we used Spectrum # 100B Clear Barnwood, however it was a tricky layout and cutting of the barnwood glass as we wanted to match it across the brand. The barnwood glass is raised and all of the pattern had to be laid out on the reverse side of the glass where much time was needed to ensure that the glass matched. When one is doing this kind of matching one only has one chance to figure out things and cut the glass accordingly or no more matching and or starting all over on a new sheet of glass.
We were most fortunate to have been able to obtain the Spectrum glass our clients wanted before the closing and sale of Spectrum Glass Company last year.
To help us with this design we once again enlisted the design help of Martha from Paned Expressions Studios in Edgewood Maryland.
The panel had to fit exactly into the reverse side of the cabinet door and the outside was surrounded with Cascade Zinc # ZB 932 which has a width of just over 1/4 inch.
The first picture shows the completed design before being inserted into the wooden cabinet frame.
The cabinet frame had a 30 – 40 year old came stained glass panel which our clients did not want. We had to remove it, then clean out the old glue/cement and we found new rubber replacement material to hold in the new brand. Before installing the rubber, we used a clear silicone cement, then carefully hammered in the rubber material into a thin slot in the wooden frame.
The following picture shows the brand installed into the cabinet door frame.
The last photo is the brand and frame all installed in their ranch home.
Their Cattle Brand is a Registered Alberta Brand
Brand Panel designed by Paned Expressions Studios