Flying Bald Eagle Circle Panel 2020

This flying Bald Eagle panel measures 20 inches in diameter. A local friend asked us to make this for her husband for a December Birthday/Christmas 2020 gift.

We used Spectrum Sly Blue/White Wispy for the sky and Spectrum/Oceanside Clear/White “Pearl White” for the clouds. In the Eagle we used a combination of OGT Brown on Gold Streaky Granite and Spectrum Dark Amber & White Translucent and for the white feathers, Spectrum Clear/White Feather White, along with some Black Waterglass and a solid Spectrum Yellow for the beak. The frame was a 3/4 inch zinc came made round with our came bender.

The are 195 pieces of stained glass in this panel and it took us about 2 months to complete.

Design by Christie Wood from ” The Glass Menagerie”

Pattern disk sold by Dragonfly Software for Glasseye 2000

Chickadee Nite Lights 2020

The Wild Bird Store in Calgary asked if we could make Nite Lights for them. They wanted handmade in Alberta Stained Glass items.  We converted our Chickadee and Alberta Rose design for one and came up with another Chickadee design for the 2nd one.

These Nite Lights measure approximately 4 inches wide x 3 inches high and they are attached to an Ivory Base night light fixture with a white light bulb.

These Nite Lights can be bought at the Wild Bird Store in Calgary – located at 5901 – 3 Street SE., Calgary, Alberta. The link to their website is    https://www.wildbirdstore.ca/

Modified for a Nite Light from an Original Design by Casey Koller

By Bob & Flory Wilkins

 

Modified for a Nite Light from an Original Design

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

by Flory & Bob 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

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

 

 

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