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Stained Glass Mosaic Candle Holder

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Hi everyone, I am back. I know I have been out of touch for awhile but its been a busy year so far. I was out of commission with my back again, but hopefully that is over with it sure interferes with my Stained glass and Mosaic projects.

The past month or so I have been very busy trying to get back in the swing of things so I should have a few things to post about. I just completed this awesome Stained Glass Mosaic candle holder approximately 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5. I am so excited about this one I will definitely be making more of these for Christmas gifts this year. I just love this piece I was making it for a gift but now thinking I may have to keep it for myself.

These candle holders are fun to make. I cut all the glass with my saw (sure glad I have that) and grinded the edges down smoothly. I glued the pieces on with the E6000 clear glue, the flowers on all four sides are from the jewelry section at Michaels.  I used the pre mixed grout (Black) from Home Depot. After all the grout clean up and allowed to dry for a day or so I sealed the grout and added some shiny varnish. The varnish part was a bit tricky for me because I got it on the glass, pretty messy of me. The varnish on the glass is not easy to get off if you let it dry on there. So lessons learned for me lol don’t be so messy with the varnish. These can also be made for purchase upon request.  That’s it for now I have to go make something else. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

 

 

 

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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Understanding Basics of Stained Glass Doors

Stained Glass Doors

The technical challenges concerned with the designing and installation of stained glass doors and windows vary from hobbyists to professionals. Noticing a shade of flower, holding it in mind and creating it as images for a glass work is not that easy. It is the task which is both an art and science.

From drawing a rough shade to giving a final touch to it, a lot of technical knowledge and experience is required. For example, creating stained form of glass doors involves a lot of basics to consider like:

Copper foil panels

Before wrapping the edges with thin metallic strips, it is important checking if the glass matches a pattern. Next steps that come after it includes arranging the foiled glass on the pattern followed by applying flux to the seams and soldering the seams to hold the pieces of glass together.

According to experts, the copper foil method is meant to create more intricately shaped pieces. The method is ideal to use for both the doors and windows of stained form of glass. Read more »