“Hare House” Panel 2021

Our clients had recently purchased a 100+ year old home in Red Deer. The previous owner advised them that this home was called the “Hare House” and they left behind this old painting on a piece of wood titled “Hare House”

Our clients wanted this painting of the “Hare House” turned into a stained glass panel. The painting measured approximately 18 inches wide x 23 inches high.

Once again we enlisted the stained glass design skills of Martha Hanson at Paned Expressions Studios in Edgewood Maryland USA to design the stained glass panel from the “Hare House” painting.

We had an old piece of Bullseye #2105 for the evening sky and were able to match it across the panel. For the moon and border we located a quite old piece of Armstrong Glass. The upper leaves were made from Bullseye # 3212-30. The purple flowers on the left were from an old piece of Bullseye.

The hare was made from Oceanside/Spectrum Hawkwings and Youghiogheny 1313HS. The picket fence was constructed using English Muffle #4925 and the lettering from Black Waterglass.

The following photo is the painting, that was done many years ago by an unknown artist.

The next photo shows the pattern laid out with the border being made.

The next photo shows the panel already for soldering, after which we cleaned with Kwik Clean, used steel wool # 0000 to clean the solder lines and then applied Jax Black Pewter patina, cleaned again with Kwik Clean. Then the 1/2 inch zinc border came was attached with all panel joints soldered to the frame on both the front and back of the panel. Finally Clarity fine stained glass polish was applied to finish the panel.

The next photo is a close up of the Hare, although they don’t show up very well in a photo, for the 2 dots in the Hare’s eyes we used a white nail polish.

The last photo shows the bottom pieces being fitted and foiled.

Design by Paned Expressions Studios from a painting by an unknown artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chickadee Circle Panels 2020

In 2019 and 2020 we made a number of these panels for a client in Calgary who gave them to her family members as gifts. The panels measured 8 inches in diameter and were wrapped in a flexible decorative U channel with an attached fine silver chain for hanging.

Design by Brian McMillan & Lucinda Doran – Birds of North America Volume 1 – Walrus Publications

 

Delicate Arch – Utah Arches National Park 2000

When we retired in 1999 we lived in our 5th wheel trailer, travelling for some 2 + years. We spent our winters in Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona. On our trip south in 2000 we enjoyed a week at Moab Utah and toured Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Delicate Arch is one of the wonders of the world. To get to it you have to hike approximately 3 miles one way, with an elevation gain of 480 feet/146 meters, no shade on an open slickrock surface with some exposure to heights.

That fall we first stayed at Valle Del Oro RV Resort in Mesa Arizona and in November the Arizona Republic published an article about Delicate Arch which included the picture below. It was from this picture that we transposed it into a stained glass design. Our panel design measures approximately 14 inches wide x 10 inches high.

We were fortunate to have been able to locate this beautiful sandstone colored glass which closely matches the color of the arch. Because of the current virus situation in our world we now have the time to delve into the archives and hidden spots of our studio where we have found this and other interesting pieces and design patterns, some of which will be made and eventually find their way to our website.

It was a beautiful day in October 2000 when we hiked up to Delicate Arch. The 3 mile one way hike was not a problem because in the winter of 1999 – 2000 we hiked some 450 miles in the high Sonoran Desert around Phoenix, Mesa, Apache Junction etc. We were fortunate enough to climb to the top of Superstition Mountain, Picacho Peak as well as other lesser peaks during the winters of 1999 to 2001.

Design by Bob & Flory Wilkins

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

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