Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Leaded Glass Piece

My first leaded glass piece -
Here it is prior to soldering.

Below is the finished piece placed in a window so that the sunshine shines through. 
The reflective properties of glass 
keep me coming back. 

Today was a sunny, but windy day in Wisconsin and even though 
it has been warm (45 degrees F is warm for us) this week - we still have a good snow cover which you can see outside my front window.

I purposely chose a very simple pattern for my first leaded piece.
The next leaded piece will be more complicated:)

But - the next piece that I'm working on is a stained glass panel made with copper foil.
Here it is pre-border and pre-foil or solder.

Hope your weekend is a good one.

~ Julz

Saturday, February 5, 2011

New Project/New Skills

This week I started a class to learn more about Stained Glass. Specifically I want to learn how to use lead came to construct a stained glass window.

I am excited to learn a new way (for me) of glass construction. I needed to find a simple project for my first one. I don't want to become frustrated with the process before I learn it. I had a great time looking at vintage stained glass windows for ideas. I have kept a scrapbook of pictures collected over the years and the Internet is also a significant source of ideas. I hope the project I designed, based off an old window, will be simple enough for me to learn the new skills and also have a nice window.

Here is my project prior to being leaded. The picture doesn't show the colors well, pieces 7 & 9 are dark green and #5, 6, 10 % 11 are a clear textured glass.

This week in class I will be leading, soldering, mudding and whiting the project.
I hope to have a finished window by the end of the week as well as some new skills & tools for my toolbox.

~ Julz