I have started to add some Uroboros fracture and streamer glass code 11-296 down the right hand side of the panel, still thinking of add a small strip of water glass at the bottom of the panel.I like to use glasses with different texture as I feel it really adds to the overall effect. I’ve added the last two flowers and the rest of the fracture and streamer here and I think it definitely needs the water glass to complete the panel. Water glass added and all the pieces are now cut, I am quite happy with the result so far however before I start to foil I will put the panel on the light-box. On the light-box now and although it’s difficult to see I’m quite happy with the way everything looks so the next step is to start foiling.
For this project I have taken a pattern I designed for a 305 mm diameter clematis pattern and enlarged it to 474 mm, I am also going to adapt it slightly to incorporate a water glass effect, here is the original panel
Client likes this design but would prefer the color scheme used in this panel..
So I have enlarged my PDF pattern and printed it out I will now make two copies, one for my template and one for cutting the glass pieces, I am going to adapt the pattern slightly at the bottom but will do this when I have most of it cut. Using a router and a sheet of 4 mm MDF I have cut a round template at 464 mm diameter which I have fixed to a base board using horse shoe nails, this allows for the width of the perimeter lead which will finish the panel at 474 mm. These calculations have to be quite exact and are well worth spending time on.
This is the top frame nearly complete and everything lining up and looking good at the moment. Top frame now complete and first two panels of bottom frame in. Glad to see this panel go in as it represents the real focal point of the whole piece. This is the completed piece taken through the glass screen on the upper floor./www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/”>
With all the panels and the two frames complete it was time to install the piece, first job was to fix the two frames into the window recesses top and bottom. The frames were designed to fit flush up against the window exactly matching the existing frames. Frames installed and first big sigh of relief, now for the panels. We decided to start at the top and work across and down, the top frame is actually six inches taller than the bottom frame.Here are the first two panels in situ, so far so good. This is panel no three installed, I think this is the largest panel so we were glad to see it in place.This concluded our first days work.
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Once again I have started with the outside panels, I have added the flowers to introduce a bit more colour into the composition. The red and white represents the school sports colours as well as Fethard village colours. The right hand side has one panel and the two go on the left.
Here is the central panel under construction, there are a lot of curves in this panel which made it very labour intensive. Here is the panel completely cut and ready to be soldered at all the joints, followed by cementing. We now have all sixteen panels completed so its just a case of installing the frames and hoping everything lines up, Fingers crossed.
For the bottom section of the window I took a slightly different approach by making the side panels first, here are panels 9 and 10 in situ in the frame before being cemented.
The central panel was quite important in the overall appearance of the window and involved some tricky cuts so by doing it last I was able to line everything up Here is the central panel with panel no 12 the gap in between the two panels is 150mm which represents the frame,you can see now how everything lines up.
Here is panel no 10 showing the left hand side.This completes the third section of the window.
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With the top four panels complete I can move onto the next four, once again I have started with the largest panel which contains most of the detail of the lighthouse. For the triangular sections in the lighthouse I have managed to incorporate four plain bevels, three of which I have had to cut these are the only pieces of clear glass in the whole installation. They appear white here due to the paper pattern underneath the glass, this also effects the other colours in the panel and at times can be a little disconcerting. Here is a close up of the bevel pieces, I have used Spectrum waterglass on either side to add to the effect of shining light. English muffle and other textured glass were also used extensively throughout the window to give it some ” sparkle ” if you will. Here is a large image of the panel with the light coming through and you can clearly see the effects of the different glass textures, its also worth noting how the light changes the colours of the glass. With this panel complete I then move onto the three smaller side panels. Here they are in the process of being cemented and you can clearly see the different glass textures, after the cement is dry they will receive a thorough cleaning and polish before installation. With these eight panels finished that now completes the top section of the window.