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Stained Glass Update

In my previous post I shared the stained glass panel I’ve been working on and promised to share the progress. It’s tedious and slow going but I can see light at the end of the tunnel.


Stain Glass W.I.P.

The drawing had to be scaled down from the original pattern because I realized I originally drew it to the size of the opening and forgot to subtract for the frame measurement! Geez. So in scaling down the project I was inadvertently left with smaller hard to cut pieces. I’ve cut and recut many pieces over and over. But it’s finally coming together. You can see my original pattern through the glass. I ended up making the lower flower a bud instead of a side view flower. I had to change the hummingbird’s tail from three little curves to straight.

After I finish fitting the right side panel it will be time to add the copper foil to each piece. That will be very time consuming because there’s 68 pieces or more and some are really small! Oh joy. But the end product will be worth it and it’s going to look great in our greenhouse! Next post I will share the copper foiling process. If you’ve ever thought about learning to make stained glass, I’d suggest taking a class. This is one of those mediums where hands on learning is best.

I hope you are staying healthy and you are finding things to keep you busy during our stay indoors. These are tough times but we will prevail! Much Love ~ Rhonda

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Waiting for Spring with Stained Glass Work

Spring is around the corner, and I’m waiting patiently for the weather to warm up. It’s still cold, cloudy and rainy even though we’ve had glimpses of warmer temps. Last week we had a blue sky day where it warmed up to the low 60’s! But then sadly, the next day the temps dropped back into the high 40’s. My poor roses don’t know what to do with the up and down weather. The tulips and daffodils are making a valiant effort to come up. Spring will be here soon enough, I just have to wait patiently.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on a stained glass panel for my greenhouse. It’s a means of creative outlet, while the painting muse is on vacation. She’s left me high and dry for six months now! Where the heck is she?

The stained glass triptych panel will be installed in an opening in the greenhouse that is about 21″ wide by 9″ tall. Here’s my plan:

There will be three sections in one panel. The left has the sun, the middle has a hummingbird, and the right will be the mountains and our lake.

I’m using layout blocks to keep the design straight.

After cutting out all my pieces, which took me three days, it was time to do the layout and grinding of glass. Grinding the glass and fitting the pieces is like a puzzle. I love this part, minus the cuts on my fingers. Here’s a little video of grinding a piece of glass:

Fitting the sun design was pretty easy. Now I’m working on the hummingbird and that is proving to be a challenge!

Here’s where I’m at so far. I’m pretty excited to see the outcome. Creating this stained glass triptych is a tedious but enjoyable process. I hope by doing this little pivot in creativity, it makes my painting muse jealous and she comes back. If this doesn’t work, then I’m moving on to pastels. Look out muse!

I’ll share my progress in the next few posts. I hope to finish soon because next I’ll be busy planting seeds and getting the beds ready for the veggie garden.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any feedback, chat with me in the comment section below! Much love ~ Rhonda

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