Spruce Up Your Garden Spring 2018

Winter still grips Western Canada but spring will eventually arrive, so now is the time for you to plan  and obtain wonderful items to compliment your outdoors especially those deck flower pots. Our Garden Butterflies, Frogs, Ladybugs and Dragonflies will certainly brighten your flower beds, gardens, flower pots and add that special touch of beauty to your home.

We use very beautiful art glass for these items, including Youghiogheny, Armstrong, Kokomo, Uroboros, Wissmach, Spectrum and Bullseye, some of this glass is Iridescent which adds that extra touch of beauty.

Designs by Flory and Bob Wilkins

Zebra Panel Christmas 2017

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

 

Loon Panel Restoration 2017

A client from Rimbey Alberta brought us this panel which if memory serves us correctly had been knocked off the window by her cat. When doing restorations like this we first do a rub by laying over the panel a taped down piece of white freezer paper. We then take carbon copy paper and rub the entire panel which traces the solder lines to the paper and that paper then serves as a guide to rebuild and restore the panel.

This panel was originally made by our clients daughter and we wanted to save as much as possible of her work when restoring this stained glass loon panel.

Then we removed the frame and proceeded to remove the necessary pieces of broken and other glass. In this case we worked from the bottom up and did not proceed beyond the dark blue glass below the brown colored glass as all from there to the top of the panel was still intact.

Fortunately we had matching replacement Spectrum Glass to replace the broken pieces.

The next photo shows the rebuilding process. We had to use quite a lot of new glass in the lower half due to the breakage and to restore proper fitting of the pieces.

When one does this without taking the whole panel apart, it is necessary to first solder together all of the new pieces, then placing some thin clear glass under the restored part in order to bring it up to the same level as the original top portion of the panel. This is required to ensure that new pieces connect properly at the same level. At the request of our client we changed the loon eye to red.

We also installed a 1/2 inch new zinc came frame around the panel.

After soldering we clean the flux off with Kwik Clean, take steel wool (#0000 – which does not scratch glass) to the solder seams. Then apply black patina, again cleaning with Kwik Clean and finally applying Clarity (Kem Pro) stained glass polish.

Eagle Circle June 2017

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

 

 

Yellow Rose Bud Panel December 2016

This Yellow Rose bud was commissioned as a Christmas present. The design was originally a square panel which we placed into a 10 inch circular panel surrounded by a soft flexible brass U channel. Eventually our client returned the panel so we could attach a fine silver chain for hanging in the window of their home.

The following photo shows the beginning of the panels construction.

Original design titled “Rose” by Denise Hurley, from the book “Flowers of Hope”

a free Spectrum Glass Pattern of the Month

Inserted into a circular panel design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

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