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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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Chalk Painted Furniture

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Red chalk paint tablesI thought I would try something new and see how I liked it. I have a friend who does chalk paint and she walked me through my first project. Check out her Facebook page at the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/junkjunkies2.

I found these tables at a garage sale for 8 dollars and paint and supplies for maybe 25 dollars. This was really fun and not hard at all. Just clean, paint, sand lightly and wax. Now to get some new glass to add, something fancy I think. This was only a test to see how difficult this might be for me, but this was so easy I am sure I will be doing this again real soon. This being my first chalk paint project and not sure how they would come out I was planning to sell in a garage sale or something, but I like them so much I think I will keep them. I hope you like it.

Chalk paint info link below:

http://www.anniesloan.com/acatalog/copy_of_How_to_use_the_paint.html

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Stained Glass Fleur De Lis

I am A WHO DAT fan

Well it’s almost football season and I have been wanting to make a Fleur De Lis since I started stained glass. I have made a couple that are nice, but not my favorites. So I searched for patterns online and clip art, but I wanted something a little different. I finally found one in clip art and made a couple of adjustments to my liking.  I have finally made the Fleur De Lis’s to show our support. These are 6.5 inches long by 4.5  inches wide and are the perfect suncatcher’s to hang in a window from the little suction cup hooks. If anyone would like to purchase one for 30$ just send me an email and let me know what colors you would like.

We love the Saints and Drew Brees and are definitely WHO DAT fans.

 

WHO DAT SAY THEY GONNA BEAT THEM SAINT’S

Stained Glass Lantern

Stained Glass Lantern

I finally completed my new Lantern for the bathroom. I found this lantern on clearance for 10$, what a deal.This one took a little while, I was on a little vacation visiting the grandkids, so my project had to wait.

I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do with this one. My husband drew the pattern and I chose the glass. I love taking something plain and making it something special. I hope you like it, I have to say that I love it.

Stained Glass Name’s

This next project was for our two newest grandchildren. I decided that we would work a piece using something I learned when I was young.  My father taught me to write my name in bubble letters and I use to doodle names all the time using the bubble letters. I thought it would be something different to try in stained glass. The letters were easy to draw, but cutting them was not as easy as I thought, thank goodness for the saw. I still have two more to do. I hope the kids enjoy them. I enjoyed making them and plan to make some more with regular letters next time.

 

 

 

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Stained Glass Panels to Spruce Up Your Home

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Stained glass panels are great ways to add color, style and atmosphere to your home. They are relatively inexpensive and allow you to dress up a space or room without major renovation, which can be time consuming, dirty and not to mention expensive.

Many people still associate old churches and cathedrals with stained glass with themes that depict biblical scenes. But stained glass have long ago moved into homes and used as decoration. Model themes can range from logos of your favor professional sport teams to replicas of famous Tiffany glass designs. Color glass Panels comes in different designs, themes, and sizes that is sure to compliment and enhance any room or space in your home.

There are many opportunities to use stained glass panels inside your home. Here are a few suggestions on where to use stained glass for updating or remodeling your home:

Windows. A panel can be used instead of shutters or drapes to provide privacy or hide an unpleasant view, without blocking out natural light. The colored glass can also add color to a room when the panel is in a location where sunlight can pass through it.

Room divider. A panel can be used as a room divider to separate two living areas instead of putting up a permanent wall. You can either pick a design that blends in with the surrounding furnishing or that stand out as the focal point.

A stained glass panel suspended from the ceiling in a bathroom would work great as a privacy screen to separate the toilet area from the rest of the bathroom.

Fireplace screen. Panels can be used to dress up an empty black hole when you’re not using the fireplace. If you don’t want to separate panels together to make a screen, there are screens made specifically for fireplaces.

Doors. Use a panel to give an old entry way a face lift. Just by hanging a panel to the side light of an old door will seemingly give the door a new life. If you are handy with tools you can substitute the side light glass with the panel.

Gifts. Stained glass panels make unique one-of-a-kind gifts for housewarming, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, etc. Since each panel is handmade, no two are exactly the same, even ones made by the same person.

Glass panels are relatively inexpensive items that can add value to a house. A well glass made panel permanent installed, such as in a skylight, window casing, or door can increase the resell value of a house, and a framed or standalone panels made by a particular artisan or shop could even appreciate over time.

There are many style, design and color combinations that are sure to suit your style and décor. However, if you can’t find what you like off-the-shelf, there are plenty of local artisans and companies that can custom make a stained glass panel to your exacting requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://goarticles.com/article/Ideas-for-Using-Stained-Glass-Panels-to-Spruce-Up-Your-Home/4029220/

 

 

Vintage Lighting: Action Lamps, Stained Glass Lighting and Lava Lamps are here to Stay!

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Since the early part of the 20th century lighting designers have created lamps and fixtures to captivate our senses. Much like the tranquility one feels staring at a warming fire or the excitement one feels staring at the spectacle of a lightening storm, accent lamps – those with colorful stained glass patterns, mythical figures, pastoral scenes or action, evoke our emotions.

While illumination is a function of lighting, many of the lamps of the sensory ilk, including lava lamps of the 50′s and 60′s, and animated action lamps of the 20′s and again in the 1950′s, favor more the sense of accent, entertainment and decoration than the practical function of task lighting.

Static yet colorful stained glass lighting appeals as eye candy. Beautiful patterns of Wisteria, Iris, and nature captivate, whether lit or not. Not much has changed since pioneer Louis Comfort Tiffany introduced his first stained glass art lamps more than 100 years ago. Vintage original Tiffany fixtures can be bought for more than the cost of a down payment for a San Francisco home. (see: http://www.chandeliers-and-home-lighting.com/tiffany-chandelier.htm )

Motion lamps, like the animated lamps of the 1920′s, feature popular scenes such as water cascading over Niagra Falls or flames burning around a log. It’s no wonder why advertisers sought to reintroduce action lamps again in the 1950′s. In the 50′s these moving lamps were brought back to life featuring Cole Swimwear models or popular snacks and drinks such as popcorn or coke and would rest upon the counter of a bar for all to enjoy!

Lava lamps also captured our fascination with colorful lighting and movement. Today, these, and the above mentioned vintage lamps, continue to be popular. Collectors may seek higher valued originals, whereas the homeowner may be just as happy with a modern day reproduction. Adding to the feel of a place, these kinds of fixtures are here to stay!

 

 

 

 

 

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Nicole Martins is a contributing author and publisher to http://www.chandeliers-and-home-lighting.com an online resource providing you with information, articles of interest and reviews of popular and name brand chandeliers, floor lamps and table lamps.

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 Windows | Choosing the right pattern and color for your home

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Choosing stained glass windows can be a challenging task simply because of the fact that there are so many different types to choose from. You will find that the following types of stained glass windows exist: Opalescent, Cathedral, Streaky, Textured, Translucent, and Wispy.

However, the glass types of Cathedral, Translucent, and Opalescent are actually the most common types that are chosen by many for their home and/or business.

In this helpful guide, they will introduce you to these common types so that if you are in the process of choosing stained glass windows, you may have a little knowledge on these particular selections.

Cathedral stained windows are extremely popular when it comes to homes, businesses, churches, and synagogues across the nation. This type of window has a glass that is actually transparent in nature and typically reflects at least one single color. There are many different color selections available when it comes to this type of window.

In addition to this, you will find that you can choose among many different types of textures for the glass. Examples of common textures include that of Artique, Glue Chip, Iridescent, and Seedy. This type of glass was originally introduced in cathedrals in the 10th century by the Europeans, which is how it got its name.

Translucent glass in stained glass windows is the next common choice by many. With this type of window, you will be able to see light well from the outdoors, in, but will be unable to make out anything but shadows. This is a type of stained glass that is often used in lamps and things of a similar nature.

However, many elect to use this type of glass in panels that are installed in the home, as well as windows. If you are looking for privacy, and a high sense of décor, then this is the type of stained glass that you will want to choose for your home and/or business.

The next type of stained glass that is relatively common is Opalescent glass. One color or several colors can be displayed on this glass. It has an appearance that is relatively milky. Details from the outside can be viewed through stained glass windows that use this type of glass.

However, in some instances, the milky effect helps to reserve a sense of privacy in your home and/or business. If you are choosing stained glass windows for your home and/or business, you are likely to find that the three main choices mentioned here can meet your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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