Architectural Glass Adds to Door [Project 14]

Glass panels installed in bottom of porch door.

After quite a few days off with an ear infection, & another few days for children & grandchildren, & even a few days simply to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, I’m back in the swing of things at cutting glass.

Recently, Glass-Smith & Co. celebrated their 44th anniversary operating as a family-run company.  On top of purchasing a wonderful assortment of glass at 30% off, Carole awarded us with a beautiful 3′ piece of architectural glass as a door-prize.

The clear architectural glass, measuring 3/16″, is 50% thicker than the 1/8″ art glass used in my other window projects.  Thus, it’s heavier & stronger — no rock will break it.

I worked the design around the 14″ width of this glass, with the dark blue co-ordinating with the top of door, while also leaving a little 7″ square open for the independent Pardus who comes & goes as he pleases.

The inside is grooved so I can insert a square of glass if another cat exit is made somewhere else in the porch.  The dogs are not too impressed — the opening is too small & too low for them to do much more than stick their noses out of it.  😆

The glass & trim are looking gorgeous — the door frame definitely needs a paint job.

The next step for glass work is the sidelights & transom but first, the door frame, as well as the rest of the porch, needs a coat or two of primer.  I still haven’t bought any exterior primer yet so I might just use interior on the door & then get exterior paint in ivory to finish it off.

The door has come a long way from its boarded & plastic-covered beginnings:

Except for the tiny blue-purple corners, the door’s top window contains entirely clear glass — see Seeing Clear Through.  The two narrow borders of three different clear textures give the window a magical quality:

And my porch collection grows:

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

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