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Old 01-28-2019, 06:15 PM   #1
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Adventures in Stained Glass


We started doing stained glass in 1995. I wanted to put a stained glass
window between the two doors.
Firstly, there was no window there, I had a mirror over the server.

I dragged the head knot to the stained glass shop and while I was
looking through the books and speaking with the proprietor, my guy
was looking at the stained glass kits on the wall
...he bought a load of supplies and tools and glass...And the Adventure
began.

I said to the proprietor (Earl) do you think we could do stained glass
windows? ... Sure, why not, he sad, start with something small.
Ha, small!

So, our first window was a cat sitting on a windowsill behind wispy
curtains watching a cardinal in a tree. We made this window, knowing
nothing about designing for stained glass. We had lead lines up the wazoo.
I loved the cat, hated the center...


Fast forward Twenty four years...and I said to the
head guy, lets take out the center and just hang a
stained glass bird in the center from fishing wire.
He said I was nuts...

He did not think this was possible and finally said to me last week, so you
wanna do this over, huh!?!

He finally agreed (reluctantly of course.) ...He just thought we would ruin the window.

He also insisted that we had to cut a center piece of glass ( I wanted it open)

This took four full days...we did it on the dining room table.
The first pics are of the original window...

I forgot the best part, when we made this window the size is 38 x 38...
We did not have a window there...You you believe we were able to
find an Anderson window that size? We had an angel on our
shoulder.

We ordered the window, and the head knot installed it...and cat window
fit right in...its a non operating window...Talk about dumb luck...

the first pic is the old window
The second pic is of the tabled window
The third pic is the demolished window
fourth pic is the clear piece of glass for the center,
before cutting it.

Ill be back later with the finished pics...Ive got to go rattle
those pots and pans, the head knot is hungry!
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Very nice. I did some stained glass projects in high school and have threatened ever since to take it up as hobby. Nothing yet, but there is still time. Keep showing us your work and maybe the inspiration will migrate this way!
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thanks yodaman...this is a hobby best shared with your significant other.
It takes over your life...You cant wait to see it finished to see what
Its going to look like. There were times that we would look at the
clock and say, OMG its two in the morning!

Weve made four big windows that we didnt like.
I gave away three and one is still down stairs...However,
on the other hand, weve made dozens that we love.

Here is the finished product...four days later...Im rolling my eyes.

After we cut the background glass, (which we had on hand)
and after we unfoiled the copper and re-applied the new foil.
(It was a tough job)
the head guy held it up for inspection... at that time he determined
that it was strong enough, and had a lot of flexibility, enough as a matter
of fact - - to install it without the large center cut piece of glass. My wish
came true; no center glass...the bird is set back slightly, between that
and the angle of the glass window shelf, the stained glass window
has a 3D effect.
(Why did he doubt me? )

We made a hummingbirds to hang in the window ( from fishing wire)
I didnt like it, it was too busy...So, we ended up using an old one that
we had ...also 24 years old.
The fun part is now I can change the birds anytime It fancies me...
Next one will be a bluebird.

The bird moves when the hot air heat goes on, or every time
he goes in and out the back door. Its so fun!

The other big purple flower window that you see in the back
of the first pic, is in the dining room as well. We made that
one fast, big pieces...note there
are no unnecessary lead lines like in the first one we made.

This again, was a new window install...only this time we ordered the
Anderson (operating) window before we actually made the stained
glass window.

All the pics are a little dark, cause we finished the installation
around 4:30 -ish.
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The window in the background, the rose, is that a exterior window? If so, single pane, or is the stained glass over a existing double or triple pane.


Very nice work btw.
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yogaman,
it’s an operating double pane Anderson crank out window.
The flower is not a rose...it’s a “I don’t know what
kind of a flower it is” I just drew it up.

We did make a rose window though...
this is the second of three windows that the head
Knot put in specifically for stained glass.
All the other windows we made were already there.

the background glass is clear French antique glass,
The green border is tinted antique glass.

This is our second window. I learned how to design
so that there is no lead lines that are not incorporated
into the design. If you look again at the original cat
window, you’ll see all the lead lines going from the
leaves into the stained glass curtains.

Not counting the design and the cutting of the pattern
Between the two of us we can complete a window like
this in two days. There are lots of big pieces...
We have another cat window that has over 350 pieces
on our kitchen door...That is my favorite window.
That window (the kitchen one) we take down ( unscrew it)
every spring to clean it.

The windows are installed with screws.
this window has 6 screws. Since this is an operating
window I can clean this from the outside.

This window catches the morning
sun beautifully, but not today it is overcast and
threatening rain.

the window closed and opened...that is a mirror on the
back wall.
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So a clear pane behind the the stained? Is it drafty, or condensate in the winter temp?
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That is just absolutely beautiful, wow. You both sure do have many wonderful talents.
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So a clear pane behind the the stained? Is it drafty, or condensate in the winter temp?
The window behind the stained glass window is a regular double pane
Glass window...the stained glass gets installed on top of the double pane
glass...Its almost making it a triple pane window.

There is no condensation and no drafts.

Yodaman, Tonight Ill put more of our stained glass windows in our album.
...in our album is already some stained glass pieces that we put into our
woodworking projects.
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Always wanted to take classes in making stained glass but never had the time. Your work is truly outstanding and as far as I can tell, your home and garden should be featured in magazines. Everything looks so nice.
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Tonight I’ll put more of our stained glass windows in our album.
...in our album is already some stained glass pieces that we put into our
woodworking projects.

Just looked thru your album. Wow! So many beautiful pieces. Obviously you and head knot are very talented, with an impeccable eye for design.


How do you find the time?
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Always wanted to take classes in making stained glass but never had the time. Your work is truly outstanding and as far as I can tell, your home and garden should be featured in magazines. Everything looks so nice.
thanks, Dave... We never had the time either...but we became
obsessed with this form of art. I always loved to draw, so it was the
perfect hobby for us...along with woodworking and everything else.
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Looks great! Have a question. We have a front door where kids broke a piece out about 20 years ago. I also damaged one during a remodel several years ago. How do you get that repaired. Or does all the glass have to be replaced. Both are broken in small sections of the glass. Nothing major


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I just took a peek at her album as well. The octagon window looks similar to one that I have. I always envisioned a stained glass insert with a cardinal in the center. Beautiful.
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Looks great! Have a question. We have a front door where kids broke a piece out about 20 years ago. I also damaged one during a remodel several years ago. How do you get that repaired. Or does all the glass have to be replaced. Both are broken in small sections of the glass. Nothing major


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