While we shiver through very cold weather here in Alberta, springtime is not that far away. What better way to brighten these cold dark snowy days with thoughts of having large or small Garden Butterflies accent your garden, or those of friends and relatives. Whether they be gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, weddings or to just tell someone they are loved, these are sure to brighten everybody’s lives.
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The first photo is of our large Garden Rod Butterflies and we have a huge selection of different glass to make these one of kind special gifts. We use Youghiogheny, Uroboros, Bullseye, Wissmach, Kokomo, Armstrong and Spectrum Art Glass with colors of your choice.
The following picture shows the smaller Garden Butterflies, the length of the rods can be made to suit one’s use, whether for outdoors in flower beds or indoors in flowering pots.
Along with the Garden Butterflies we also have those wonderful LadyBugs that all kids enjoy.
The last picture displays a group of Dragonflies, Small & Large Butterflies and Lady Bugs.
Designs by Flory & Bob Wilkins
Quite a few years ago we made these Whimsical Owls. The first one measured approximately 7.5 inches wide x 4.5 inches high. The second and third ones approximately 6 inches high x 3.5 inches wide.
Designs by Connie Eaton
This hummingbird panel measures approximately 7.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches high not including the outside zinc frame.
It was commissioned this fall by a local client who is sending it to Clare, Nova Scotia as a Christmas present for her mother in law who loves hummingbirds and morning glories.
The background glass is clear single glue chip. For the wing feathers we used an iridescent grey Spectrum Glass. For the leaves a beautiful green Uroboros and for the morning glories a cranberry white Bullseye, Youghiogheny Heads & Tails for the blues and a Kokomo for the purple one.
Design by Flory Wilkins
After completing the design we frame the pattern with the Morton Layout block system. We use white ceiling tiles doubled together as our pin board. We draw out each piece using white freezer paper which can be found at Safeways. It works very well in that one can clearly see the pattern lines through the freezer paper for tracing purposes. We then glue the pattern to the piece of glass we want to use ensuring that we have the correct flow of that glass for it’s relative location in the pattern design. Each piece is then ground to fit, foiled and burnished then the next piece is traced and the process continued until the panel is finished.
In the next picture we are using our Taurus 3 Ring Saw to cut the Uroboros glass used for the leaves. In this case as we had to reverse our pattern onto the glass as we wanted to use the textured surface on front of the panel.
The following photo shows the panel completed and ready for soldering. We use 60/40 solder for the majority of our work.
The last photo shows the reverse side after the other side has been soldered. You can see that using our methods of tracing and fitting each piece of stained glass, little solder seeps through.
Design by Flory Wilkins
These are Flory’s suction cup butterflies that we recently made as gifts for an organization that she belongs to. Most of these butterflies were made from Youghiogheny Heads & Tails along with a couple using Bullseye Glass and one using Spectrum Baroque.
Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins
We just found these suncatcher pictures of penguins that we made many years ago. The first one measured about 3 inches wide by 6 inches high. Enjoy
Design by Carolyn Kyle
The following suncatcher is called “Goin Formal” and was a free Spectrum Glass Pattern of the month in April 1998. They measured approximately 6 inches wide x 7 inches high.
Design by Gerry Klein Sunshine Glass Omaha, NE