I’ve finished and installed my favorite windows so far. I had to cut most of the rondels to fit my design and leading some of them was really challenging. Parts of the glass was so thick that they wouldn’t fit into the lead channels so I had to foil and solder them into the windows. One of the rondels was a little wonky, so there is actually a space in the window to allow for the part of rondel that stuck out too much. I love how the gray waterglass helps to connect the colors in the rondels with the clear baroque glass. These windows are installed right up against the existing glass windows and I used clear clips to hold them in – and easy and effective way to install stained glass windows.
I’m very excited about making these windows. I absolutely love rondels and abstract design and that’s exactly what this client wanted. I’m very fortunate to have a great glassblower in my building – Ed Fennel at Crystal Forge. My client and I are working closely with him to pick out the exact colors. Ed also likes to have involvement because it gives customers a real sense of ownership and understanding of the work. Since my customer had the time and interest, she was with him most of time during the making of the rondels and he really got her involved! I am waiting for a few more rondels and then I’ll be able to start cutting glass and shaping the rondels to fit the spaces. I’ll post progress and completion pics soon!
I was working in my studio the other day when a client came in that I hadn’t seen in nearly 15 years. I had made her window early on in my career. It’s still one of my favorite windows. I had installed it like I do most of my windows – up against the existing glass. This one I had used clips to hold it in. Many times I add wood molding and paint or stain to match the frame. If the windows are smaller, I’ll hang them. When she told me she had moved into a new home and took the window with her I was excited to see where they put it. I had installed it in her bathroom and when they moved, she installed it above their front door. It looks like they installed it so that the front faces the outside of the house. The great thing about custom stained glass windows in newer homes is that they don’t replace existing windows and can always be taken out and reinstalled. The only problem with moving and taking your window with you is that the new owners might not want you to take it!
I recently installed this window in a church in Clarkson, Nebraska – about one and a half hours from my studio in Omaha. All of the correspondence was online, including design approval. I went out to the church once to measure the window, figure out how to install it and make sure the glass color selection was good. If it were too far away to drive, I could have mailed the sample pieces and contacted a carpenter in the area to do the measuring and install. I have crated windows and sent them ground mail in the past and it’s worked out just great. This was a small job, but it made a big impact for the church’s sanctuary. The window is visible to most of the room and was the only window not decorated with stained glass. I thought a cross would work perfect in the space and the mosaic-like background complemented the other stained glass windows. I added 12 amber rays to signify the whole church, since there were 12 tribes of Israel and 12 apostles. There are also 12 months of the year and 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit. The final touch to the design was when I found in my box of random jewels an amber square jewel for the center of the cross.
This is my first custom fused glass job through my online order form! Since the order was for coasters, I had to crop the image square. I also noticed the the name of the school was a little washed out. I sent my client a few different options for cropping and photoshopped the school name darker. The personalized etching on the back really makes the piece special for the teachers who are the recipients of these coasters.