Celebrate what you want to see more of.
Everywhere I look in this old, not-so-mobile home, I see the beautiful colours of my work from 2011.
While my friend, Reddie, worked on his carpentry skills, I enjoyed designing furniture & windows using gorgeous stained glass.
I’m amazed at what can be achieved with baby steps & a year:
The first finished project was some much-needed storage for my closet — so beautiful I don’t even want doors!
While Reddie built a frame for my mattress, I started cutting glass for the headboard on the kitchen table — ooh, my aching back.
After building a higher project table, I finished the soldering & puttying for the panels. With some glass-topped tables & decoration, I had a beautiful bedroom suite:
Hmmm, no glass here, but wait . . .
While I spent a month in Calgary helping my sister move into her beautiful new home, Reddie was busy making frames. So, when I got back to the Isle I was quite busy cutting glass.
Although I had planned to use only blues in the shutters, I couldn’t wait to go to the glass shop, so I used what I had on hand — the big change being the gorgeous orange. And what a gorgeous colour indeed:
and the whole wall when the shutters are open:
Of course, summer also meant prettying up the yard & I absolutely love the little planters we added glass to:
The mosaic idea came from the first set of windows I was working on for the home’s long plastic-windowed porch:
and, all alone among the plastic, the porch came to life:
I started the porch door with the upper half. A traditional design, almost entirely of clear glass, it added a magical quality to the porch at night:
But oooh, I wanted more windows in — ‘Green Trees’ fixed side windows were installed, while I put off the sliders glass work by using all clear glass [someday I'll get back to finishing the branches]:
and the porch is looking wonderful — even Lady agrees:
When I won a piece of architectural glass [thicker & heavier than stained or art glass], I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it:
Definitely has the weight of a door now! I really love that Pardus got a little cat door in the bottom corner — even though the dogs are not happy!
Then I got my first stained glass art commission — OMG!
I’m getting paid to design something beautiful!
A bit of pressure [mostly my own] but so much freedom to express my love of glass & animals. While I concentrated on creating a beautiful blue & yellow panel, writing & posting pictures on both Dawne Thoughts & Dawne Design declined significantly.
But I also managed some simple cutting projects like making two tables out of this red tray & a-little-too-high-for-a-coffee-table chrome legs:
This 10-15 minutes ‘break’ helped me to go back & focus on the more intricate shapes in the commissioned panel.
And with winter just around the corner, a couple areas of plastic at the other end of the porch were torn & letting in rain & cold — something had to be done.
[Kinda funny stories -- the sidelight plastic got really mangled after a couple racoons had no other escape from the dogs & so, of course, tubsy Pardus liked to use it after that -- making the rips bigger.
As for the larger window -- one late night, Miss Mollie decided she really had to get out to chase whatever was about [we think cougar] so she dragged her nails down & ripped through — eek! No worries, dog was fine & no sign of any wild animal — such a good protector.]
It seemed silly to spend time stapling new plastic when we could make simple glass windows faster!
The mini windows [left] for the ‘back’ porch door sidelight were simple — 3 routered frames, each with 2 rectangles of glass separated by a 1″x2″ bar.
I started at the bottom with:
- brown & yellow glass, then
- cream & all-textured clear, then
- an iridescent crackle clear & almost-all clear with a few curved lines,
to finish at top of sidelight. I’ll use this colour scheme when I start on this door — later.
Since I didn’t have time [nor project table space] to take on a full window, Reddie decided he’d make the larger window ‘all by himself’. Oooh, I don’t know.
What colours? What design? Hmmm, I can’t help at all ! You’re getting Glass-Smith to cut the sheets? Well, you’re losing the wastage I could use, but okaaaaay . . .
The two thinner sides use a white/clear stained glass, while the larger mid-section is all clear.
Another smaller project happened when Reddie decided he’d get glass & copper edging to make a shade for a grow lamp in the indoor garden he was concocting, hmmm sorry, building.
Only problem? He’d measured the length for the glass wrong [yup, shoulda asked me] & he didn’t get U-channel edging or even enough of H-channel!
I did a little bit of cutting some pieces of co-ordinating yellow glass & a bit of cursing while soldering copper & lead came together, but it adds a wonderful ambience to the main room in the evening:
During this time, I continued on my client’s abstract panel. I posted only a couple ‘sneak peek’ pics of it:
Meanwhile, I had a design in my mind for the next porch window that involved 5 or 6 panes with 3 or 4 different widths, each with different numbers of glass pieces.
Again, nature’s winter wind ripping some plastic caused us to change which window would be next — the front entrance outside the door.
Modular design was needed — each panel had its own frame & was put in place separately.
While the other windows have one large frame & can be removed in one piece, this window has 5 separate frames.
I sized the first panel to fit a beautiful turquoise glass & the middle panel held the showcase glass — a beautiful clear ripple with black rods & green, plum, & blue ’tissue-thin’ triangles fused in the middle.
It was a simple, relaxing, 10-min. job to straighten one edge of the fancy glass & cut two smaller plum pieces
By this time, I’d finished my commission — it was puttied up & had to sit overnight.
So, why not cut up the pieces for the other green panel?
The crowning glory of my year has to be completing my very first commission — Blue Menagerie:
The most exciting part was my client absolutely loved it.
And I had a lot of fun expressing myself through the beautiful glass.
After a couple days of floating, I returned to earth to finish the last two panels for the modular window. Now the entrance is complete [well, except for a much-needed paint job]:
and the windows of plastic are disappearing from the porch:
I still have to write about some of these projects — but that is on the list for 2012. And post some tutorials. And, oops, finish my grand-daughter’s Christmas present. And provide a better organized gallery here. And . . .
What would YOU like to see?
Do you have stained glass in your home?
These windows always provide me with a beautiful joy — best antidote to depression is simply looking through them.
I look forward to filling the porch with more windows — & especially, more beauty!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on my work — good or bad. I have big shoulders & can handle it.
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