Posts Tagged 'rocks'

3 different endings, all starting with the sea

Oh dear, I totally gave up on my blog a day! whoops. But that is because I have been double busy the last few weeks. Open Studios ended well with over 100 visitors, but now its over its straight into the pre Christmas frantic stock making! I have however, finished some bigger pieces and this is what today’s post is about!

I finished the children’s mermaid panel, which has proved difficult to photograph well cos its so long, but I am really pleased with the finished piece and the reflections all the painted and etched fishy details throw on the floor.

I am also really pleased with my new exhibition panel, based on teasels on the sea front at Branscombe beach in Devon. The painted details have come out really well as has the unconventional pebble shaped border.

Finally, I installed an abstract panel this evening in a bathroom/hallway internal window space. The design brief was to create a piece inspired by images of the patterns of rocks on a beach in North Devon. I devised an abstract panel following the lines of the rocks patterns and incorporating lots of sea glass (broken glass tumbled by the sea and picked up on local beaches. I mixed this glass with baroque glass and water glass to give some texture to the piece and some wonderfully delicate antique green salvaged glass with wonderful bubbles and slight variations. The finished piece is quite subtle and the colours match the interior decoration well. I think it has been very successful, I left the new owners gazing at it in the hallway, so I think they are happy too!




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A very English Mermaid

I have just finished a front door transom light for a lovely family in Exmouth. They have been renovating their Victorian terrace and my design is one of the finishing touches. The brief was to create a mermaid panel with some turquoise and to blend with the decor of the house. The mermaid was to reflect the British coast, with cool colours and also still let light into the hall way.

I used a range of Spectrum and cathedral glass for the window, using the textures and patterns of the glass to add a sense of movement to the piece and I acid etched tiny sea life into the mermaids hair and the rocks at the bottom of the sea. The mermaids limbs were cut from opalescent glass with an iridescent sheen, which gives her an extra magical glow.

The main challenge with the panel was fitting the detail into a very long, thin panel and I kept the lines as simple as possible.

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Scottish window, Work in Progress 3

I have made great progress on my latest window commission, the story so far:
I have cut the glass, decided the blue was wrong and re-cut that in a different shade and type of glass, the blue was streaky cathedral and too much for the piece, so I have swapped it for some turquoise water glass, which is much more subtle and looks fantastic.
This piece is going to have acid etched details of heather and rocks, giving an impression of the landscape of the highlands. I love to work with acid etching, when you see the window from a distance you hardly notice the effects, but when the light coming through the window pools on the floor the shadow details of the piece come alive and it paints a picture on the floor, which I find magical. Acid etching is quite straight forward, I painted on the PVA glue (to act as a resist for the acid) to get a free and painterly effect to the etching. Once this has dried I cover in etching cream and leave it to eat away at the surface of the glass. Once this has happened I scrape off the cream, this can be reused and wash the rest of the acid off the glass and hope it has worked!
I then built the panel up with the lead came, soldered the joins and cemented the gaps between the glass and the lead and left the cement to harden off…………that is as far as I have got. Tomorrow I will put an acid on the lead and solder joins to darken the joins, makes the solder less shiny and noticeable. Then I will spend a considerable amount of time shining it all up with grate polish. Finally, I will find the best way to get it to Scotland! Anyone driving from Devon to the Highlands soon? Oh and dont forget to check out Nicki MacRae, she is the lady commissioning this piece and a talented artist www.nicki-paints.co.ukThOh


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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