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
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This panel was originally made by our clients daughter and we wanted to save as much as possible of her work when restoring this stained glass loon panel.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.
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
In January 2017 we were asked to make a hummingbird oval to be given as a gift in June 2017 for the Most Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of The East Star at its Grand Chapter 2017 meeting in Calgary, Alberta. This oval measured approximately 6 inches wide by 8 inches high.
This oval ended up going to Florida USA.
Design by Flory Wilkins
We were looking through our 1,000’s of older photos and came across this pair of Canada Geese in a circle pattern. Unfortunately this is the only photograph of the piece that we have. If memory serves us correctly the diameter of the piece was approximately 10 – 12 inches. With the return of spring, lots of Canada Geese make Alberta their home to raise their families in our lakes and sloughs.