Author Archives: David Kennedy

Tiffany Butterfly

This little project was inspired by Tiffany’s hanging moth ornaments which were hung from the side of lampshades as a decorative addition, I thought it would make quite a posh sun catcher.

This was the design I came up with and I would have to say it involved quite a lot of work, there are sixty- nine pieces of glass here and quite fiddly keeping them together while I soldered them into place.


All the glass used here is Uroboros which I thinks works quite well, the body is 00-74 Emerald, Yellow Green and Light Green, the eyes are 00-21 Ruby, Golden Yellow, Red on White, I cut the centers and surrounds from the same sheet. The inner wings are 00-78 Light Green with Spring Green, one of my favorite glasses and finally the red tips are 60-25-5 Red,Orange and white.


At this point I’m not sure if I will make another as time was a big factor here, It was a good way of using up small pieces of glass though, those pieces that are just to good to throw away. I used a 14 swg tinned copper wire to make the stamens which also serve as hooks from which to hang the chain.

Koi Fish and Maple leaves

This is only the second post on here this year due mainly to a number of deaths in my family,so it has been a very sad and difficult time but at some point I feel you have to try and move on which brings us to this design.The koi fish represents good fortune, luck and abundance and everyone could do with some of that. It is now available as a pattern in the latest edition of Glass Patterns Quarterly.
This is the Fall edition and is packed full of patterns and projects to try, all for the bargain price of only $6. Stained glass, fused glass, tips, latest news, think they have covered about everything here along with a 16 page pattern sheet.
Don’t miss it, here is a link to their website https://www.glasspatterns.com/index.php?option=com_mijoshop&view=product&product_id=1402&Itemid=49

Poppies at Slade.

The story of this panel began a few years ago whilst I was visiting family in the UK. I managed a visit to Kansa Stained Glass where I was fortunate enough to purchase two sheets of Uroboros art glass which is hard enough to find at the best of times. The first sheet I pulled out of the rack was this one, code 10-16-5 Light & dark browns, turquoise with mini fractures.My first thoughts were I loved the colors and it would make a great background glass.
The next sheet I pulled out was this one 60-25-5 Red,orange & white at this point I thought “Poppy panel “. Over the next few years I made a few attempts at a pattern, which for various reasons I had to shelve, but in October 2018 a window of time opened up so I went for it. The colors of the two sheets gave me a feel of Liberty/Art Nouveau which strongly influenced the final design.

I have cut the top and bottom background here, the leaves ( Youghiogheny stipple 4117 Green, ice white & bluish grey ) and the soil ( Uroboros granite backed 65-17 Light & dark browns ) Ready to add the flowers now so hoping I’ve got it right.

Round Apple Blossom

Staying with the ” Tiny Tiffany ” theme this time I have gone for an Apple Blossom design, the background glass here is a Uroboros fracture glass code 10-55 Cobalt Blue, White and Green, this panel can be hung in a window or placed in a stand as shown here, The original panel size is 12 inches, ( 305 mm ) diameter.. The stand can be purchased here http://www.fireliteforms.com/category/39175338  The pattern for this piece can be purchased on etsy as a PDF download here https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/606937658/round-apple-blossom-stained-glass-panel?ref=shop_home_feat_2 Original panel size is 12 inches, this can be scaled up using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.

Youghiogheny Poppies

Youghiogheny Poppies.
Youghiogheny Poppies

 

This panel is made using Youghiogheny stipple glass, I tried to keep the design fairly simple and let the glass do the work. I have poppies growing wild in my garden and am always struck by the way the red really compliments the green surrounds. For those of you who are interested in reproducing this panel it is now available as a PDF downloadable pattern in the Pattern Store http://www.kennedyoriginalstainedglass.com/?sd_product=poppies-stained-glass-pattern 

474mm Clematis

Here is the completed panel with the natural light behind it, very pleased how this has come out,For those of you who have followed this blog and would like to try a similar piece the original pattern is available here as a free download, we also sell patterns on etsy in the same format as this pattern.Click here to download PDF pattern

Deep Red Tulips

An exhibition piece depicting a field of tulips.

This piece of stained glass is purely imaginative. The possibility of finding a field of tulips growing in Ireland during mid January is pretty slim.

David worked with straight lines when designing the border, “I don’t normally do straight lines, but it sort of works here”.

Dimensions including the frame : width 375cm x height 1060cm

Deep-red Tulips


Irises at Slade

This is a close up detail of Irises at Slade, made with Uroboros Art Glass. The full size pattern of this panel is now available as a PDF downloadable file in the Pattern Store http://www.kennedyoriginalstainedglass.com/?sd_product=irises-at-slade-pattern
Irises at Slade