Posts Tagged 'art deco'

Permanent sunshine

I just fitted this panel into a new garden room in a 1970’s house in Dawlish, so now they can have sunshine however dull and rainy it is outside!  And its pretty dull and rainy today!

The customers really liked Art Deco period style and so I used the colours and stylised forms of Deco to create this  very long, but very short panel

This is a 2 metre long, but only 25 cm high traditional leaded panel fitted in front of a double glazed unit and will be beaded in when the room is decorated.

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How much longer does it take to make a stained glass window?

Whoops, I totally forgot I had started blogging about this! So here is part 2, but I must confess, I finished this panel Sunday (I dropped it off on Monday waiting for installed photos!) so the details are a bit blurry now! It took about 3 hours to lead up (build up the glass and lead came neatly and snuggly together using nothing more than a lead knife and horse shoe nails; the nails are to hold the glass in place, like an extra set of hands. I spent another couple of hours soldering all the joins in the lead together with solder. It then took 3 hours to cement and another hour or so to clean up….then I had to wait a couple of days for the cement to harden up; my workshop gets sauna hot so that helps speed things up! 10 minutes or so to apply patina to darken the solder joins …….more waiting for that to bite into the solder and lead, wash the patina acid off……..wait for it to dry again and then spent around an hour polishing it. It then got picked at and polished every time I went past it for a couple of days. It’s new owners are very pleased with it and will send photos when it gets installed (they are doing up the house) and hopefully I will be working with them again in the future on an internal panel! I didn’t take any photos of the cementing stage as its very messy and I have lost cameras that way before!

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How long does it take to make a stained glass window?

I am always being asked how long my work takes to make, so I thought I would document the process on a straight forward piece, a front door panel for a house in Sidmouth, this is a straight forward panel with no etching or painting involved and is 63 x 63 cm. I worked from 9.15 to 3.15 yesterday with 30 minutes for lunch, and probably another 30 minutes of faffing! In that time I marked out my cutting pattern (full size cartoon of the finished design) and altered bits I thought did not balance properly/slight ajustments to fit the size of the glass etc. Then I took a little break from it to do another drawing/get the kiln going for other work. I always leave a little break between making the cutting pattern and cutting so I can take one last look at it…….then down to cutting the pieces for this large front door panel

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New Art Deco Fish

I always like to have one of my Art Deco inspired fish in my shop and this is my latest version of my design. I have used some lovely pieces of glass for this one and even some of my own acid etched glass. This time with a star motif

Recent Restoration

I have recently restored a panel for the front door of a beautiful farmhouse in Hemyock, near Taunton. Here are some photos of the process. I managed to find hand blown glass to match the original broken pieces and I added glass painted initials as requested by the customer. It is apparently an Art Deco door, however, it has more of an arts and crafts feel to me. The process goes as follows: I take a rubbing of the window to be restored and keep this as a guide to ensure I get the new window exactly right. Then comes the hardest part, removing all the old lead without breaking anymore glass! This is a delicate mixture of extrmeme care and brute force! Once this is complete I clean up the remaining glass and lay it on the rubbing. Next I match the lead sizes and the glass to be replaced as much to the original as possible. I then draw a new pattern, cut the glass and re-lead the window. I then cement the gaps between the lead and the glass, add a paterna acid wash to dull the solder and when cleaned up I buff with stove black. In this case I then painted on the clients initials. Job done.  Each window I complete teaches me something new and this window renewed by amazement at how precice and skilled stained glass artisans have always been. I love working using a method which has barely changed for 1,000 years and can almost feel the craftsmen who made the original looking over my shoulder hopefully happy with my repairs!!

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I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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