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Beveled Eagle in Flight Stained Glass Panel

Beveled Eagle in Flight

I love the Bald Eagle and so does my father, after I purchased these bevels I knew I just had to make one for him. At first I wanted it just to have a blue back ground, but cutting those large pieces are very difficult. Just so happens the glass broke right across the right wing I was so disappointed, My husband looked at it and said no big deal just add some red and white and then you have your own design. So as you can see that’s what we did. We added an all wood oak frame to dress it up. My Husband he is so smart and of course he was right and my Father loved it. Hope you will too.

See below some interesting facts about the Bald Eagle as the National Emblem

It is said the eagle was used as a national emblem because, at one of the first battles of the Revolution (which occurred early in the morning) the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles on the heights and they flew from their nests and circled about over the heads of the fighting men, all the while giving vent to their raucous cries. “They are shrieking for Freedom,” said the patriots.
Thus the eagle, full of the boundless spirit of freedom, living above the valleys, strong and powerful in his might, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in word and thought and an opportunity for a full and free expansion into the boundless space of the future.
–Maude M. Granttes was , surmounted by a blue field with the same number eagle The Eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted. The Great Seal shows a wide-spread eagle, faced front, having on his breast a shield with thirteenght talon the eagle holds an olive branch, in his left a bundle of thirteen arrows, and in his beak he carries a scroll inscribed with the motto: “E Pluribus Unum.”

 

 

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Fluer De Lis Bevel & Stained Glass

Stained Glass Beveled fluer de lis

My first Beveled and First wood framed project. What an experience this one has been. I really enjoyed this one, it’s approximately 17 x 24. I found the idea on a friends Facebook Page check her out at https://www.facebook.com/Clever.Panes. She has a lot of nice work

I changed it up a little and was going to keep it for myself  until someone wanted it for Christmas, so now I will just have to make me another one, that’s ok doing this is very relaxing and enjoyable. I really hope they enjoy it.

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Grace Cathedral, San Francisco stained Glass Windows

Grace Cathedral Church San Francisco California

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We spent our weekend exploring San Francisco, we finally went to the Grace Cathedral Church to see the awesome stained glass work. Talk about great pieces and a lot of them.

Here is a little history about the church.

 

The cathedral has become an international pilgrimage center for church-goers and visitors alike, famed for its mosaics by De Rosen, a replica of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, two labyrinths, varied stained glass windows, Keith Haring AIDS Chapel altarpiece, and medieval and contemporary furnishings, as well as its 44 bell carillon, three organs, and choir.

Contained in the cathedral are 7,290 square feet of stained glass windows by noted artists that depict over 1100 figures ranging from Adam and Eve to Albert Einstein. 32 windows or window groups, dating from 1930 to 1966, were designed by American Charles Connick and his Boston studio. Connick windows include The Chapel of Grace and baptistry window series that contains over 32,000 pieces of glass and covers nearly 833 square feet. The Cathedral also contains 24 faceted windows by Gabriel Loire of Chartres, France, including the Human Endeavor series depicting John Glenn, Thurgood Marshall, Jane Addams, Robert Frost, and Einstein. Between 1995-1998 several of the cathedral’s choir and aisle windows were restored by Reflection Studios of Emeryville, California.

 

 

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Stained Glass Fluer De Lis

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I have been working on this project for a couple of weeks and finally finished a few to share. Its very hard to work a full time job 60 hours a week  and work at your hobby. I would much rather work the hobby all the time insteaad of working all the time. Anyway enough of that, I wanted to make this blog post before the football season gets really going. I had already made a couple of Fluer De Lis and posted them,  but then I thought I would make a few more in a larger size. I have had a few people say they were interested. I also found something a little exciting, I found theses Who Dat stickers that I could place in between 2 pieces of glass and added them to the Fleur De Lis piece. Hope you like them.

Anyone interested in purchasing one of my pieces please let me know by email.  The sizes and prices are listed below. I will also take special orders.

Small                          6 x 4.5     30$

Medium                      10 x 6      40$

Large                          10 x 8      45$

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We Love Magnolias – Our Largest Project

This post will be all about our largest project from beginning to installation and I hope you will enjoy.  The first thing was to measure the area which is the transom over our front door, well that was the easy part. Working this project would be difficult since all I had was a photo of the area and my template to go by since I was not staying there at the time. The next couple of photos will show you the area and the template.

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The trick would be to make this an exact fit to the measurements.  I have to say I was a little worried, since there was no way of verifying as you go since I was 2600 miles away , so I could only hope it would fit when we were finished. I had to piece this together to fit my template , since this pattern was for a 9  x  12 square piece there was a lot of cutting and arranging before I could even start cutting the glass. After all the arranging and cutting the pattern pieces it time to start cutting the glass which was very difficult, I broke so many pieces after all it was only my 3rd project and I was cutting them by hand and grinding, I thought I would never get through this so my husband and I decided to by a saw from Gryphon. That was the greatest idea we every had, as soon as the new saw came of course I had to learn how to use it, to make the perfect cuts. Didn’t take very long to learn how to do that correctly and this sure made my project run faster and smoother. I would recommend a saw to everyone who wants to work with glass. The next few photos will be the in process shots we took.

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Only thing left is to frame, and the patina and wax,  this is all the easy stuff . The next thing was to carry this home for Christmas to install, which is a long way to travel with a large piece of glass. We had to carry this in the back window of the car wrapped up really good for our 3 day trip home for the holidays. Long trip but we  made and I could not wait to install this, we were both really excited and hoping that it would fit. See the finishing photos below, I hope you enjoy because I know we did all the way through installation.

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The last two photos are from the outside at night oh how I love this window, my husband and I are so happy that it fit perfectly. This looks so nice installed  we are starting something new.  Hope you enjoyed this and will come back for the next post. Please share and like.

Stained Glass Artwork: Tools and Techniques Used by Artisans

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Stained glass artists are talented and proficient craftspeople who specialize in bringing every type of designs to existence. To supply art which is sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, artists make use of many tools and techniques on the trade. Here is often a quick (and simplified) summary from the process stained glass artists use to create the colorful styles noticed in churches, federal government buildings, and private residences.

Building a Template

Earlier than an artist brings a do the trick to existence implementing minor and good sized pieces of colored glass, he or she primary provides a detailed drawing with the complete picture. This drawing will need to be precisely the same dimension as the window opening or other area where by the art can be shown. Items of glass will ought to be joined with result in develop the last work, so lines to indicate exactly where this main will go also ought to be integrated while in the template. As compared to the last piece, this template is relatively rather simple in look.

Cutting the Glass Items Desired

Glass cutting is usually a process that should always be mastered by all stained glass artists. They may use various tools to lower glass in to the sizes and shapes required for stained glass styles. A carbon steel glass cutter is an excellent decision when accuracy is very important, when diamond glass cutters can be utilized on even exceptionally arduous glass. There may be also a specialized instrument stained glass artists use once they will need to lower glass into best circles. It works in a good deal exactly the same way as a compass in the math set. A suction cup is utilized to mark the center on the circle and an arm is then rotated to score the glass.

Smoothing the Pieces

To be sure all pieces will match collectively neatly and the design would be reproduced exactly as it is depicted inside the template, the artist should clean the edges on all items. The artist might probably polish the edges by using a special form of sandpaper or an electrical grinder. A brush is then implemented to remove any particles through the edges.

Inspecting the Reduce and Sanded Items

This may very well be considered of since the top quality handle step in the procedure. The artist will examine each piece to make sure it’s the same exact size as indicated in the template as well as right shade.

Becoming a member of the individual Pieces Collectively to Recreate the Template

This is certainly the stage at which the style and design is definitely introduced to life. Every one of the particular person items are joined utilizing copper foil or lead arrived to provide the final operate of art.

Installing the Art

Finally, the effort is installed inside a window opening, ceiling region, or other area. The artist is absolutely not automatically associated with this portion of the procedure. Relying to the size and weight of the work, more supports might really need to be extra to the opening.

Of course, designing stained glass artwork can be a complicated and labor-intensive process. For your individuals who cherish the warm glow and traditional elegance of stained glass art, all the same, the last result is perfectly really worth the work and cost.

Selecting a Quality Stained Glass Studio

Quality Staiend Glass Studio selection

Everyone wants to know the magical formula to select the correctstained glass studio to complete his or her project. While a studio cannot do this for you, there are ways to sort through the information and make a quality selection.

A common question that the clergy will ask a stained glass studio is, “How do I get an apples to apples bid?” Unlike many industries, stained glass is extremely specialized. Often, others do not know the terms and jargon outside the industry. This is what inspired Associated Crafts to write this article.

The other aspect of this industry is the lack of regulation by the industry. The industry consists of many smaller companies started by craftsmen and artists who took a hobby and changed it into a career. This is certainly admirable but these individuals often do not have the knowledge of all the facets of the business or of stained glass. Professional studios often compete with specifications written by some completely incompetent companies. This is why we diligently work to educate our clients. Often times, a simple understanding of terms and jargon will allow the church to see the correct scope of work. Read more »

Stained Glass Window Designs for Interior Decor Ideas

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Stained glass window designs are an aesthetic and classy way of renovating the interior decor of your property. Homes, offices and other commercial property can employ different design and ideas of this stained form of glass to add charm to the interior decor and give it a unique touch of style.

Over the years and ever since the European church used stained glass for portraying biblical scriptures and verses; it has gained popularity and usage around the world. Especially in Richmond and adjoining areas in British Columbia, this form of art is highly regarded and common in many households.

People with a fine taste for art, decorate their living spaces and even work area with this art form. They tend to use it to beautify their living rooms windows and even add stained glass doors to them. People use a wide range of designs and patterns with respect to this art form. Ranging from the mystic geometry, abstract and heritage to the elegant scenery and picture types; one has a wide sphere of designs to select from. Each design has its own specialty and usage in interior decor. Read more »

How to Make Stained Glass

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The practice of making stained glass has been around for quite a long time. Stained glass windows and churches seem to go hand-in-hand, and you will find some of the earliest samples of stained glass artwork in churches on the European continent. Nowadays, stained glass is not confined to only churches and other such religious places; you can also see stained glass art in homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and so on. We now have stained glass installed in windows, doors, ceilings, room-dividers, mirrors, lampshades, sun-catchers, gift boxes and many other items. Used properly, stained glass artifacts can transform the look of a place from commonplace to something quite extraordinary.

If, like me, you love stained glass objects, you could have a go at making them yourself. The craft of stained glass is not difficult to learn, as long as you follow the instructions, take all proper precautions and put in enough practice. Read more »