Alberta Welcome – Red Deer Alberta – The Gaetz Memorial United Church

In the late fall of 2014, we were asked to see what we could do for a large church window for “The Gaetz Memorial United Church” in downtown Red Deer Alberta. The church recently installed new main entrance doors, with 2 large windows above these doors.

The church committee provided us with sketch design concept. We once again enlisted the stained glass design experts at Paned Expressions Studios Inc. in Edgewood Maryland USA ( http://www.panedexpressions.com ). Martha Hanson and her design team came up with the “Alberta Welcome” design. These 2 panels each measured approximately 6 feet wide by slightly over 2 feet high for a total of some 25+ sq ft of stained glass and contain nearly 600 pieces of glass.

In the construction of these windows we used a variety of beautiful art glass including Armstrong, Bullseye, Kokomo, Spectrum, Uroboros, Wissmach and Youghiogheny

The windows were a memorial gift from one of the congregation members.

AlbertaWelcomeLeftPanel2015

Design by Paned Expressions Studios

This is the left panel of “Alberta Welcome”. The concept was to show a sweeping design across Alberta and as the windows faced south it was perfect to do this. On the left side of the left panel are located the Cypress Hills of South Eastern Alberta along with a lake in that area, our famous Alberta Roses, and the badlands near the Drumheller area. A road  was designed to run up to a church located within the rolling fields of wheat and canola. The blue piece can be visioned as either a flax field or one of many sloughs located in this area.

The unfortunate part is that we are unable to get a full photograph of both windows together. The reason being that there is a staircase descending  to the front doors on the left side with a wall on the right side, then another set of stairs descending to the church basement.

Design by Paned Expressions Studios

The right panel picture had to be taken from the descending stairs into the church basement which distorts the view somewhat. The 2 panels were designed to flow together therefore some of the crop land and parkland continued into the slopes of forest and foothills rising to the mountains. The mountain is Mt. Rundle located in Banff National Park with its reflection in Vermillion lakes and is a world famous sight to see in our Rocky Mountains west of Calgary, Alberta.

StainedGlassAlbertaWelcomeMay2015

Design by Paned Expressions Studios

To give you an idea as to the scope of this stained glass window here is a picture of them together as they are above the doors of the church, however as stated above not a true indication as to how they look.

If you are ever in Red Deer a visit to the church would be very worthwhile, not only to see “Alberta Welcome” but the church sanctuary which has some of the largest and most beautiful old stained glass windows in Central Alberta.

We are grateful for the opportunity to do this window for the Gaetz Memorial United Church located at 4758 Ross Street in downtown Red Deer.

This “Alberta Welcome” would not have been possible with the outstanding help and design talents of Martha Hanson and her team at Paned Expressions Studios Inc.

 

 

 

 

Beveled Transom Window 2015

This is the 2nd of 3 interior transom windows for a beautiful farm home SW of Olds Alberta. The window measures 36 inches wide by 12 inches high. Surrounding the bevel cluster is matching Spectrum’s Sky Blue Wispy with a clear Spectrum Artique border. Our clients were very pleased with this great looking interior transom window.

Chorney Transom Beveled Window Feb 2015

We designed this window and after centering the bevel cluster we made a border with Spectrum’s clear Artique Glass.

BevelTransomDesignJanuary2015

The next series of 3 pictures shows how we laid out Spectrum’s Sky Blue Wispy Glass. We were fortunate enough to obtain 2 sheets of this glass that we were able to match across the whole width of the window. This first picture shows the left hand side.

LeftSideBeveledTransomWindowJanuary2015

This next photo shows the centre portion surrounding the bevel cluster.

CentreBeveledTransomWindowJanuary2015

As we fitted each piece we had to make sure that the matching continued across the window.

RightSidewith lastpieceofSkyBlueWispytobefittedTransomWindowJanuary2015

After the panel was soldered  and cleaned, we then applied black patina to the solder lines, then cleaned once again with Kwik Clean, and then applied polish. After much polishing one can see the wonders of light that are seen through bevels.

BevelClusterLightWondersJanuary2015

 Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

 

 

Alberta Rose Transom Window Summer 2014

We were commissioned to make 3 interior transom windows for a farm home in Central Alberta. The following photos will take you from initial design ideas, construction, completion and installation of the first window which featured 3 Alberta Roses. These windows measure approximately 3 feet wide by 1 foot high.

The first photo shows the beginning of our initial design idea.

StainedGlassAlbertaRoseTransomWindowDesignStart2014

After client approval of the Alberta Roses, border design and interior glass we first started with the Alberta Roses and the border.

AlbertaRoseTransomWindowDesign2014

The following picture shows the left side, we used Spectrum’s Pearl Opal #603-81CC Blue Skies for the border, Spectrum’s 609.8 Clear White Pink Wispy for the Roses, with #6067-83CC Mimosa Pearl Opal for the rose centres and #329.6 Dark Green Swirled with White Wispy for the rose leaves. The surrounding glass was an architectural clear texture glass called Morisco, which poised lots of fun problems in lining up the texture to match.

AlbertaRoseTransomWindowLeftSide

In the next picture the panel is now ready for soldering.

StainedGlassAlbertaRoseTransomWindowReadyforSolderingJuly2014

The next photo shows the window soldered and ready for patina.

StainedGlassAlbertaRoseTransomWindowSolderedJuly2014

Once we have soldered a window and have applied patina we then construct and attached a 1/2 inch zinc came frame which we do not patina. We ensure that the solder joints in the window are attached both front and back to the zinc frame with cleaning and patina touch ups of these joints. Once completed then the window is polished and thoroughly cleaned.

StainedGlassAlbertaRoseTransomWindowJuly2014

Here is the completed window.

StainedGlassAlbertaRoseTransomCompletedWindowJuly2014

Our clients were most pleased and installed the window later on the day it was delivered to them, this picture was taken from the reverse side as they wanted to have the front facing into their daughters bedroom as she loves Alberta Roses.

StainedGlassChornyJuly2014

 Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

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Window Address

In 2010 we were commissioned to make an address number insert for a new home in Central Alberta. The #’s were made from a dark brown Bullseye glass with clears surrounding which let in lots of light but prevent a clear view into the home from the outside.

 This picture shows the finished unit before installation in the home.

The next picture is the design as seen from inside the home, we aligned the design sections to match the internal bars inside the dual pane window.

 The 3rd picture is a view from inside the home, the address panel was put over the front door. With an elevated bi-level home the new panel also addressed issues of privacy especially during evening hours. The other opaque clears matched and complemented the existing door and side panel glass.

 

 

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