If I only submersed myself in photography and no other hobbies or interests two things would happen: I’d burn out and be terribly boring at parties. In college I wanted to take metal smithing. Who wouldn’t right?! It just so happened it wasn’t being offered so I took the next best thing: stained glass. Now this wasn’t your granny’s copper foil, crafty stained glass. I learned using zinc and lead came. Think big window panels! The stained glass students were the sole occupants of a former one-room school house, turned art studio. I should the sole STUDENT occupants. On one side of the building was Ardelia’s, the founder of the art program and master stained glass craftsman, studio. It was a building filled with light and colors that danced all over the walls depending on the direction of the sun. It was there that I fell in love with light. That’s not entirely true. I’ve always loved the sunshine and yes, I wear sunscreen.
So before a busy wedding and portrait season begins, I’m building some stained glass panels for my aunt and uncle’s hutch. I’ll show you in snippets.
Some of the essential tools for the precision glass construction takes. It’s not too forgiving when the measurements get off. I try to call upon the Type A person that may be hidden somewhere deep inside me on this part. So far…fail.
You’ll need two copies of the pattern. One to trace glass pieces and the other to arrange on. I nail them both down with horseshoe nails. You’ll see later how important the horseshoe nail is. They aren’t round but flat on the edge.
I have a lot of glass from the Op Shop in Kokomo, IN. The hard part is choosing the right colors for the piece. I’m generally not a fan of the translucent glass but that’s what I need for panels not in direst light.
More to come…