Modular Window Concept [Project 23]

Concept drawing [Photoshop] of window with modular panels made & installed separately.

It all started . . . with this stunning piece of art glass — a clear ripple with green, plum, & blue tissue-paper-looking triangles & skinny strips of black rods infused throughout.

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?]

A few choices drawn in Photoshop help me determine glass colours & wood spacing — I like the symmetry of the third one.

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.

The first panel is installed — resting against the plastic frame.

Altogether, he probably spent 8 hrs cutting & grooving — the install was the simpliest yet, so maybe an hour for that.

The middle panel — with the special glass — was installed a few days later.

Another few days & . . .

When the third panel was installed, the window felt almost finished.

Then, it was the two skinny panels with mostly clear glass:

First, one skinny panel installed.

And then, about 2½ weeks after starting — just a few days before Christmas — the final panel was installed:

The fifth & final panel is installed & the last bit of plastic removed.

And now the entrance to the porch is beautiful & is protected from the rain & wind.

The porch entrance now includes three windows & the door.

My collection grows:

The porch from the outside, with the three windows installed on the left & one installed near the far end on the right.

It all seemed so easy!  🙂

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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.

Stay tuned.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle


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11 responses to “Modular Window Concept [Project 23]

  1. I love your window. Beautiful colored glass and a lovely design. I love the green flecked glass.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  2. Wow, this is a beautiful project. I just love it!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!

  3. So beautiful! You are a true artist!! Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities Challenge.

  4. That is such and incredibly unique project. I just love it!

    … would you like to share at our multi-blog “Imagine the Impossibilities” link party? I think everyone would really enjoy it as much as I …

    Here’s the link:

    We stay live until Friday midnight (CST). Hope to see you at the party!


  5. I can’t imagine how much work that must take! Love that bright teal, it’s my favorite color. Thanks for linking to Refresh Your Nest Friday!

  6. Wow, these are gorgeous! You are wonderful too! Great job! 🙂

  7. Just beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  8. Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

  9. wow! that is really neat 🙂 I’m super impressed… and can’t wait to see the finished project! thanks for linking up to MMM!

  10. Hi lovely lady.
    You do some Beautiful work sweet lady. I would like to Follow you but you do not have a Button for followers. come see me some time ok.

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

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