This baby was expensive. The original price for the 9¼” x 20″ scrap piece was $42.00! Even with more than 40% off, this little beauty cost me $24.00.
You buy glass by the square foot — this gorgeous stuff usually sells for $35 so it’s quite a deal at $19. Still, considering I usually pay about $10 per sq. ft. for art glass, this is super special glass!
Since completing three windows & the entrance door to the porch, the outside window — still with some plastic — was looking pretty shabby. I hadn’t planned on making this window until the inside of the porch was done & was still working on Blue Menagerie [Project 21] — so an easy & speedy solution was needed.
Along with my special art glass, I also had a beautiful piece of turquoise/green that I wanted to use whole, so I designed a geometric pattern around those pieces. [It meant a slighty narrower green panel on the right -- do you have a sharp eye?]
Each wood panel has its own 1″ x 2″ routered frame — the inside horizontal pieces have grooves routered on both sides. The grooves are about 3/8″ deep to ensure a good lip for the glass.
My time spent on the whole window was minimal — after a couple hours on concept drawings, I spent about 4 hrs cutting glass & about one hour on measuring — 7 hrs total. But that “day’s work” was spread out over 17 calendar days.
It took only a couple minutes to cut the glass for each panel — a nice ‘break’ from all the curves in Blue Menagerie.
Reddie [my redneck carpenter] would spend an hour or two preparing the frame pieces for each panel — routering a groove in the fir lumber [1"x2"s], cutting the four sides to the correct measurements, & screwing three of the sides together.
Then he routered a second side on the remaining grooved lumber & cut the short pieces to fit horizontally. All the pieces were stained & when dry, he delivered the whole ‘kit’ to me to measure & cut the glass [sorry, no photos].
After I fit the glass, it took Reddie a few minutes to screw the fourth side in place & set the whole panel in the open hole — each one temporarily rests against the original plastic frame.
Altogether, he probably spent 8 hrs cutting & grooving — the install was the simpliest yet, so maybe an hour for that.
Another few days & . . .
Then, it was the two skinny panels with mostly clear glass:
And then, about 2½ weeks after starting — just a few days before Christmas — the final panel was installed:
And now the entrance to the porch is beautiful & is protected from the rain & wind.
My collection grows:
It all seemed so easy!
Now, it’s on to a special opening window at the far end, & I’ve got a cool idea for the next window from the entrance.
Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle
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