Over 450 Alberta Artists in all different types of mediums are taking part in a huge Alberta Flood Rose Project. Each artist has submitted in their medium a 4 inch x 4 inch impression of the Alberta Rose. The Project’s plan is to mount 100 of these unique artist’s impressions together in a large panel(s) and later in August hold a huge fund raising auction to help with the devastation created in late June from the huge flooding in High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Bragg Creek, Canmore, Calgary and many other areas in Southern Alberta. These unique panels will be an inspiration to Albertan’s and no doubt some large corporate purchasers will hang them with great pride in their respective office towers.
We of course made our stained glass Alberta Rose mounted via wires inserted in the back solder seams then inserted through a 4 x4 inch piece of fiber board held by twisting the wires together through small washers then covered with duck tape.
Professional photographs of each entry will be taken and eventually a book will be made available with all of the submissions etc. We will provide further updates. We also were stranded in Banff Alberta, by this unprecedented flooding and eventually were allowed to head west on the only open road on June 22. We had to drive all the way to Kamloops BC then north on the Yellowhead highway to Jasper National Park, staying overnight in Hinton, Alberta then back to Innisfail via Drayton Valley and Rocky Mtn. House a detour of some 1,460 ks. We saw lots of flooding along the way but nothing like seen in High River, Canmore, Calgary etc.
We were asked if we would donate a piece of our work to The Central Alberta Constituencies – Wildrose – Classic – Golf – Tournament held on July 18, 2013 at Alberta Springs Golf Course located near Red Deer Alberta as a silent auction fun raising item.
We made this oval piece highlighted with Spectrum’s Pearl Opal Blue Yonder for the water, along with their Thunderhead for mountains and Inferno for the sunset sky. For the tree we used Uroboros Heringbone Granite Ripple with a Kokomo green amber surrounding the water. As the golf course is located close to Sylvan Lake we called this “Lake Sunset”
Design by Carolyn Kyle
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