The first frame has been ready for a few days [geez, a week really] but I’ve been waffling about the design for the newest porch window.
A few things I considered when designing:
- at 68″ wide [37" high], this area, as well as the one beside it, are the largest windows in the porch;
- this window is opposite the bench in the porch so a large area of clear is needed for viewing the garden & dogs;
- I wanted a traditional came design with a modern twist;
- each vertical section has its own frame & is installed independent of the other sections [similar to the Modular Window -- Project 23];
- I want the leaded edges to have spots of colour among a gorgeous white irridescent opaque glass I picked up on sale.
My inspiration for the rainbow edge came from this gorgeous window by Robert Jekyll Stained Glass at Artists in Stained Glass.
The “Spectral Arch” © [Robert Jekyll] was installed in 1985 at the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts — my hometown.
I was working downtown in the ’80s & was often at the Performing Arts Centre — but I don’t remember seeing this gorgeous window.
I do remember the wondrous windows in our church — just a few blocks away [How Love Starts: Knox United Church].
But maybe the beauty of this more modern design has been sitting in my subconscious simply waiting . . .
The flashed glass in the Spectral Arch [© Robert Jekyll] was acid-etched & epoxy laminated — my rainbow will be made in the traditional method with stained glass enclosed in lead cames.
I played around with my concept in Photoshop & added another row all around:
Maybe, if this was mostly an art piece, . . . but this is a major viewing window to the outdoors. So, what if I made it two rows all around?
Hmm, . . . I don’t know. I went back to the original draft, added a few darker colours, & detailed areas for the white iridescent glass:
These colours are more realistic to my current glass selection — I’ll simply go with my instinct.
I’m quite excited to get started on the first pane — top right. The ½” lead came is cut & the first corner squared. I know what part of the colour wheel for the glass. Now it’s time to cut the glass & assemble.
Especially with this window, I can’t wait to get to the final stage — puttying all the glass edges. Usually, the putty I use is a creamy white. Now, I can buy black putty to better match the lead came, or, as Carole at Glass-Smith told me, add some pigment to make my own grey-black putty.
Aha! So, that’s why my putty turned into an icky zebra mush when I coloured it with a glossy black craft paint!
Turns out Opus Framing & Art Supplies is just across the bridge from my son’s place, so I stopped by for a delightfully inexpensive visit. After checking for outdoor use, . . . then humming & hawing over several gorgeous colours, I got this ‘pearlized’ pigment in a gorgeous turquoise:
The directions on the label say it can be mixed into the medium or dry-brushed on afterward. Since I can’t imagine going back over every putty line with a tiny artist brush, I’ll mix it in before puttying.
I can’t wait to see the effect — will it really sparkle a little bit? Will the turquoise edging highlight the rainbow like I imagine? Awesome fun.
I’ve never tried a poll before but I’d be very interested in your opinion [results may or may not determine the final window design ]. Would you like to vote?
Thank-you so much
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