While wintering in Apache Junction, Arizona during the winter of 2000 – 2001, Bob took a course from Stained Glass Horizons located on E Apache Trail. We were beginning to learn the art of stained glass and wanted to learn about making lampshades. We had a great instructor, who was most knowledgeable and helpful.
When we first started learning the art of stained glass, we purchase the book Stained Glass Projects & Patterns which detailed several lampshades including this one. This book by George Shannon & Pat Torlen is a must have for any beginning stained glass artist but it also continues to serve us many times in our studio as a great reference manual.
The lampshade is to this day in perfect condition and used daily.
In 2010 we made this Alberta Mountain Circle panel. In the mountain we used Spectrum’s 6009-8CC Thunderhead Pearl Opal and Uroboros U-11-86 Blue/Green/Foam with Fracture Streamers. The foothills were made from Uroboros U65-145 LT. Brown, Emerald Green – Mystic – Green with streaks of Amber & White Opal.
This is the 2nd Alberta Rose Came Window restoration. In the first one we combined pieces from the second one to have one that was all original glass. We believe these windows are 100+ years old.
The wow factor in regards to both of these restorations is that when we delivered the 2nd window we were informed that both were going to be installed in a new home on Negril Beach in Jamaica, sometime in the not to distant future,
In the second one we had to put in all new glass for the stems, the amber across the bottom and new leaves for the left and right roses while the centre rose leaves remained original glass. Also the roses and background granite clear glass is also all original. It took us quite sometime to find the best replacement glass, but well worth the effort.
The following 3 photos show the left rose with new leaves, the next one is the centre rose all original glass and the last photo is the right rose with new leaves. The pink petals of the roses were a very pretty glass which was quite thick.
In June of this year we made this for clients in Central Alberta who were giving this panel as a wedding present. The panel measures approximately 17 inches high x 31 inches wide.
Our clients found the design on the internet and lucky for them we were able to obtain the Spectrum Glass that they wanted.
We used Spectrum’s Clear White Baroque, Pearl Opals Congo & Hawkwings, Clear Crystal Ice, Brown/Gold and 1 x 1 inch bevels.
The first picture shows the completed panel before the zinc frame was attached.
The following photo was sent to us from the Bride & Groom showing their Abstract Wedding Gift Panel hanging in their new home. They were very impressed and thankful for the panel gift that will last a life time.
A local client wanted one of our Abstract Cats. This one was made using Spectrum’s Black White Clear Baroque Glass. We also used Spectrum’s Pale Green/Aqua Blue Waterglass for the collar. Unfortunately with the closing of the Spectrum Glass Company later this year, many neat varieties of stained glass will eventually no longer be available.
The first picture shows the cat, foiled and ready for soldering