When we put jewels into a suncatcher, if you put a penny under them before soldering the piece, it raises the jewel above the surrounding glass and makes the jewels stand out and shows off their true beauty much more effectively.
For pin boards we obtain smooth white ceiling tile which can be obtained in 2 ft x 4 ft sizes at most home building suppliers. We then cut boards to the size we desire, put 2 together back to back with the edges duck taped. That way you can use both sides many times. The stained glass pins hold your work extremely well on these boards. You can also make larger boards when needed and you can see that in the pictures of “Noah’s Ark” on our website that we made a couple of years ago.
The reason we put 2 boards together is that they are much stronger and more rigid than just using a single piece of ceiling tile.
This Sprint Racing Car was made many years ago from a photo for our son Greg who wanted to give it as a gift to one of his racing friends in Edmonton, Alberta. The center of the wheels was made using sheet foil with a thin layer of solder which gives the chrome look. Greg helped to complete the car by adding the lettering.
Design by Bob & Flory Wilkins detailing by Greg Pringle
Many years ago before we had a digital camera we made this from “Pattern of the month” which is available on Spectrum’s website under their free pattern section.
We had to use our saw to cut most of the glass and this proved difficult at times as Spectrum’s Waterglass is somewhat soft and can easily scratch. We did finally figure out when doing any type of intricate cutting and even grinding that if you glue paper to the back side of the glass it will prevent most or all scratching during the cutting and grinding processes.
Needless to say we would not make another as it was very time consuming.
Spectrum Glass Pattern of the Month
adaption by Fantasy in Glass Toronto, Ontario
Over the years we have made a few of these, in fact a similar one hangs in our home and it was the first piece of stained glass that Bob made some 14 years ago.
If our memory serves us correctly we were asked by friends of the owners of Solderglen Ranches Ltd located north of Airdrie Alberta to make this panel of their Cattle Brand. We used red Bullseye glass for the brand and border. Having a diamond saw allowed us to make the S in one piece.