Queen Bee PDF Pattern

Queen Bee PDF Pattern


This is my Queen Bee PDF Pattern. Bees are a fascinating subject so I am going to share a few facts I discovered whilst researching them with you.

Queen Bee PDF Pattern of a bee with flowers under a crown, amber, yellow an brown glass, designed by David Kennedy.
Queen Bee PDF Pattern

Although there are 98 different species of bees in Ireland there is only one native honey bee. It is a subspecies called Apis mellifera mellifera or the Northern dark bee. There are three rare bumblebees in Ireland all threatened with extinction. The Great yellow bumblebee, the Shrill carder bee and the Red-shanked carder bee. Bumblebees would have between 50-200 workers in a nest whereas in honey bee hives it would be 50,000. In Spring a queen Bumblebee would visit up to 6,000 flowers a day to generate the heat and energy to hatch her first eggs. Bees can see primary colors blue, green and ultraviolet. They can identify orange, yellow, blue/green violet and purple but they can’t see red. To bees, the ultraviolet radiation patterns on flowers are as important as the colors. One last thing only female bees can sting. Click the link to view more Stained Glass Patterns

 

Stained glass PDF Pattern Information


  Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 15 3/4 inches x 15 3/4 inches, ( 400 mm x 400 mm ) across six pages. Instructions are included for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

 

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This Queen Bee PDF Pattern( © David Kennedy Designs) copyright 2020. All rights reserved. It is illegal to distribute this stained glass pattern online or in hard copy without written permission from David Kennedy. This stained glass pattern is for personal use only. Permission allowed for limited use of this stained glass pattern for projects to sell at local crafts shops. Raising funds for charity at auctions or raffles is also allowed. Any postings online of finished projects also allowed. If you would please give credit to David Kennedy Designs for the pattern as a courtesy. Please do not post or distribute this stained glass pattern on another website.

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Round Clematis Tutorial 2

Round Clematis Tutorial 2


This post will cover steps 7 to 10 in this Round Clematis Tutorial.

Step 7

Round Clematis step 7

 

I am now adding some Uroboros fracture and streamer glass code 11-296 down the right-hand side. This will introduce a different more broken translucent light effect. Also, I still want to include a small strip of water glass at the bottom of the panel. Although I will now leave this until last as I am happy with the way everything else is progressing.


Step 8

Round Clematis step 8

 

The remaining fracture and streamer background glass is now in place. I’ve added the last two flowers and the rest of the leaves as well. Now I have to make a decision on how to introduce the strip of water glass into the composition. I am thinking of a simple straight line, this will help to give the panel a base. Also to put it behind the flower and leaf petals so it appears in the distance.


Step 9

Round Clematis step 9

With the water glass added and all the pieces now cut, I can see the complete picture and am quite happy with the result. The next step in the process will be to place the cut pieces on a lightbox. This involves putting all the pieces on a clear sheet of glass and placing it over a light source. This will give me a good idea of how the finished panel will appear and flag up any obvious mistakes. These can then resolved before foiling begins.


Step 10

Round Clematis step 10

On the light-box now and although it’s difficult to see I’m quite happy with the way everything looks. Of course, I have the benefit of years of experience here. If you are new to stained glass it’s all about developing your own process or way of working. The best advice I could give to you is to make small projects. That way you will repeat the process every time. Pattern preparation, cutting and fitting pieces, foiling, soldering, cleaning and polishing.

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Round Clematis Tutorial 3

Poulfur School Window Installation

Poulfur Window Installation


Poulfur Window Installation. This post follows on from the previous Poulfur Window and the Poulfur School Commission posts.

Poulfur School Window Installation before fitting the secondary frame.

With all the sixteen panels and the two frames complete it was now time to install the window. The first job was to fix the two secondary frames into the window recesses top and bottom. These frames will fit flush up to the window, exactly matching the existing frame. Once they are in place we will fit the sixteen separate panels that make up the whole installation.

Poulfur School Window secondary frames fitted

Frames installed and the first big sigh of relief. You can see from the pictures above that both secondary frames have a cross-member fitted. This provides added strength and support for the leaded panels which we will begin to fit now.

Fitting The Panels


Poulfur School Window first two panels fitted

We have decided to start in the top left-hand corner and work across and down. The upper frame is actually six inches taller than the lower frame. Here are the first two panels in situ, so far so good

Poulfur School Window three panels fitted

This is panel no three showing the very top of the lighthouse installed. This is the largest panel in the whole installation so we were glad to see it in place. Second big sigh of relief, this concluded our first days’ work.

Poulfur Window Installation Day Two


Poulfur School Installation 5 panels installed in top section

Day 2 and we now only have one more panel to fit in the top section, everything lining up and progressing well.

Top section completed and two left-hand side panels installed in the bottom section

The top section completed and two left-hand side panels of the lower section fitted.

Upper section completed three panels fitted in lower section

We were glad to see this central panel in place as it is the focal point of the whole installation.

Poufur School Window Installation completed

Poulfur School Window Installation completed! Here is the finished window photographed from the upper floor through a glass screen. There is a floor to ceiling glass screen on the upper floor that allows a full view of the window.

Poulfur School Window

Poulfur School Window


 

Welcome to the second part of the Poulfur School Window story. In the last post, I covered the design and the construction of the top four panels in the upper section. I am now moving onto the lower four panels in the upper section. Once again I have started with the largest panel which contains most of the detail of the lighthouse.

Lighthouse Panel


Poulfur School Window lighthouse panel

I have managed to incorporate four plain bevels into the light section here. 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 can be a little disconcerting during construction but I am sure it will look very effective.

Poulfur School window lighthouse bevels close up

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 in the window to give it some ” sparkle ” if you will.

Here is a large image of the panel with the light coming through. You can now see the effects of the different glass textures. Its also worth noting how the light changes the colors of the glass

The Three Side Panels


With this panel completed, I then move onto the three smaller side panels. Here they are after cementing and you can see the different glass textures. Once the cement has dried they will receive a thorough cleaning before installation. With these eight panels finished this completes the top section of the window.

The Lower Window Section


Poulfur School Window Lower section left hand side panels

Moving on to the bottom section of the window, I took a different approach by making the side panels first. Here are panels 9 and 10 in situ in the frame before the cementing process.

Poulfur School Window, upper central panel in the lower section

The central panel was quite important in the appearance of the window. This involved some tricky cuts so by doing it last I was able to line everything up.

Central panel with right-hand side panel

Here is the central panel with the right-hand side panel. The gap between the two panels is 150mm which represents the frame, you can now see how everything lines up.

 

Central panel with left-hand side panel

The left-hand side panel is shown here with the central panel. These four panels complete the third section of the window.

The Final Four Panels


Once again I have started with the outside panels. The right-hand side has one panel and the two go on the left.

Final three side panels Poulfur School Window

I have added the flowers to introduce a bit more colour into the composition. The red and white represent the school sports colours. They are also the colours of the local Fethard-on-Sea GAA club St Mogues.

The Final Panel


 

Here is the central panel under construction. There are a lot of curves in this panel which made it very labour intensive.

Poulfur School window final panel under construction

Here is the panel completely cut and ready for soldering at all the joints, followed by cementing.

Final Panel all cut and leaded
We now have all sixteen panels completed. Next up will be installing the frames and hoping everything lines up, fingers crossed.

Poulfur School Commission

Poulfur School Commission


This year we have a commission to supply and fit a stained glass window in the new Poulfur School building. This is under the % for art scheme which provides arts funding to new buildings. The installation will be above the entrance doors at the front of the building. It will be visible from both the first and ground floor levels. Space comprises an upper and lower section total size approx 12 ft high by 9 ft 3ins wide.

Poulfur School Window, upper and lower sections of proposed stained glass window installation.
View from the ground floor
Poulfur School Window view from the first floor
Poulfur School Window view from the first floor

The design stage


After discussions with the Board of Management, we agreed upon the design above. This assumed a square-shaped window but this had changed after the installation of the frame. So we then had to incorporate the design into the available space. Armed with all the measurements we drafted a working drawing. A secondary interior frame would house the glass panels.

The Working Drawing


This proved to be a lengthy process and definitely worth taking some time over. With the working drawing complete to scale the full-size patterns were then prepared. We had all the measurements to construct the secondary frame. This would then gives us the template sizes for all individual panels.

First Panel
Poulfur School First Panel in progress At this point, I had a rough idea of the colors and glass types I was going to use. I figured it would be best to start at the top of the installation. It would then be easier to make any adjustments as I worked down the design. I prefer to work this way as it keeps everything looking fluid and fresh.
First panel completed This was also the largest panel, the top section being 6 inches taller than the bottom section. Having completed this panel I then moved on to the side panels. I now had the benefit of being able to view these placed next to the large panel.

Right-Hand Side Panel

Right-hand side panel There is only one panel on the right-hand side so I have done this first. The frame between these two panels is 6 inches wide and I have made an allowance for this.

Left-Hand Side Panels

Left-hand side inner panel The inner panel on the left-hand side is about 2 inches thinner than the outside panel. There is also an allowance for two 6 inch frame pieces on this side of the window.

Left and Right-Hand Side Panels

Right-hand and Left-hand side panels Here are the three smaller panels together, two left and the one on the right. It’s also important to note that the glass will completely change color once lit from behind.

Two Left-Hand Panels

 

Two Left-hand side panels back lit Here are the two left-hand panels with the light behind them spaced 6 inches apart to replicate the frame. As you can see from the previous photo some of the glass now looks clear. This is because it is very pale and when all the window is complete everything will blend together. This completes the top four panels.

Clann Credo

Clann Credo


Clann Credo recently celebrated their 20th anniversary as Irelands leading provider of community finance. Since 1996 they have supported over 800 projects with almost €80 million of social finance. They provide loans to community groups, charities and local enterprises. This enables them to achieve their social and economic potential on terms and conditions that would not be available to them commercially.

Clann Credo logo

Introduction

The story of this piece began with an approach by the CEO Mr Paul O’Sullivan. He wanted to create a panel based on their logo for Sister Magdalen Fogarty, one of the founder members. This was to be as a presentation on the upcoming occasion of her retirement from the board of directors. The panel was to be small enough to hang in a window and framed in wood. The CEO had an idea of re-creating the Clann Credo logo as Sister Magdalen was a big stained glass fan. This would combine two things that were very close to her heart.

First pattern draft

This is the first draft of the pattern I drew up. The ellipse part with the colors was straightforward enough but I wasn’t sure at this stage of the size of the lettering and how it would work within the space.

 Cut and leaded

We agreed on the idea and then I made the templates and proceeded to cut out the glass. Lead came forms the outside of the panel as this works much better with the design. I have settled on copper foil for the lettering as it is very intricate and would look better with a finer line.

Clann Credo with lettering foiled

Here is the panel with the letters wrapped in copper foil ready to be soldered. You can see the difference between the thickness of the foil as opposed to the lead lines.

Clann Credo framedSoldering complete, cleaned polished and framed with reclaimed pitch pine. The finished size is 400mm x 520mm.


The Presentation by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins to Sister Magdalen Fogarty at Dublin Castle.

Presentation

For more information on the excellent work of Clann Credo: https://www.clanncredo.ie/

Gothic Poppies

Gothic Poppies


Gothic Poppies framed stained glass panel, designed by David Kennedy, Uroboros and Youghiogheny Art Glass.

This Gothic Poppies panel is in a renovated pitch pine sash. I had managed to salvage eight of these some years ago with a view to using them in my home. Four had a single pane of which this is one. The other four were taller and had double panes. At the time I was still in the building stage and hoped to incorporate them within the structure. This didn’t happen, so instead, I used them to display my stained glass artwork. I had already filled the other three sashes, the first was a “Tulips” panel, then a “Daisies” and “Daffodils” was the third. So this was the fourth and final one to complete the set.

Whilst building my house in Slade, there would always be clumps of poppies growing wild in the garden. These then provided the inspiration for this piece. First I took some photographs and made a full-sized template. Then a did a rough sketch which I developed into a proper pattern. Stained glass design can be quite restrictive with every line needing full consideration. You have to try and see the finished panel in your mind at the design stage.

Stained Glass Pattern Information


The pattern for this Gothic Poppies panel is available in the pattern store as a PDF file. The original panel size is 36 x 12 inches which can be scaled up using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.

Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 36 x 12 inches ( 915 mm x 305 mm ) across eight pages. Instructions are provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

Copyright Information


Gothic Poppies Stained Glass Pattern. © David Kennedy Designs 2010. All rights reserved.
It is illegal to distribute this stained glass pattern online or in hard copy without written permission from David Kennedy.
Please do not post or distribute this stained glass pattern on other websites.

 

 

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Gothic Daffodils

Gothic Daffodils

“I wandered lonely as a cloud, That floats on high o’er vales and hills When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils;”


Gothic Daffodils framed stained glass panel, designed by David Kennedy, Uroboros Art Glass

 
 
This Gothic Daffodils panel started with the frame. I had managed to salvage some old pitch pine gothic window frames. At the time I was building my own home so my initial thoughts were to incorporate them into the build. That didn’t happen and after renovation, I still wanted to use them. So framed stained glass panels seemed like a perfect way to make use of them. I made a base, using some heavy oak timber and mounted the frame upright. There were eight in total, four with a single pane and four with double panes.
I created this in late February, early March when the daffodils were in bloom. To create the composition I photographed as many clumps of flowers as I could find. Then after looking through these I chose various elements to include in my design. I then made a full-size template and drew out a sketch. This was then refined and worked into a pattern for stained glass to fit my frame.
A lot of work went into this piece, the colours are vibrant together and the whole piece reminds me of spring. I was very pleased with the end result and I hope everyone else likes it as well.
 
Dimensions including the frame : width 375cm x height 1060cm

Stained Glass Pattern Information


The pattern for this Gothic Daffodils panel is available in the pattern store as a PDF file. The original panel size is 12 inches which can be scaled up using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.

Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 36 x 12 inches ( 915 mm x 305 mm ) across eight pages. Instructions are provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

Copyright Information


Gothic Daffodils Stained Glass Pattern. © David Kennedy Designs 2010. All rights reserved.
It is illegal to distribute this stained glass pattern online or in hard copy without written permission from David Kennedy.
Please do not post or distribute this stained glass pattern on other websites.

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Gothic Daisies

Gothic Daisies



Gothic Daisies framed stained glass panel, designed by David Kennedy, Youghiogheny Stipple Glass.This Gothic Daisies panel is one of a set of four. All housed in re-claimed pitch pine sashes.

For this particular piece, I chose the background glass first. The colors in it were very subtle so I couldn’t use a hot color for the flowers. I had some pale Youghiogheny Laburnham Glass which looked perfect with it. That made the daises the obvious choice.
After making a full-size template I sketched in the flowers and worked them into this design. I was able to start at the bottom with quite large flowers and reduce the size towards the top of the frame.
This gives them quite an airy feel like they are dancing in the breeze.
Dimensions including the frame : width 375cm x height 1060cm.
The full-size pattern for this panel is now available in the pattern store. It has an option for a rectangle top as well as the Gothic Arch.

Stained Glass Pattern Information


The pattern for this Gothic Daisies panel is available in the pattern store as a PDF file. The original panel size is 36 x 12 inches which can be scaled up using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.

Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 36 x 12 inches ( 915 mm x 305 mm ) across eight pages. Instructions are provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

Copyright Information


Gothic Daisies Stained Glass Pattern. © David Kennedy Designs 2010. All rights reserved.
It is illegal to distribute this stained glass pattern online or in hard copy without written permission from David Kennedy.
Please do not post or distribute this stained glass pattern on other websites.