Here are a few pictures of a Hummingbird with Blossoms round panel. It is 12-inch diameter, pictured here inside a wooden template all cut out and ready for foiling. I make the plywood templates using a router with a simple jig attached at one end. This makes it possible to cut out a perfect circle, the template can then be re-used for many projects.
I prefer to cut all the pieces before I start foiling. This method provides some room for any further adjustments and minor tweaks. With all the foiling complete I would then flat solder all the lines using 50/50 solder. Removing the template allows me to repeat the process on the reverse side. At this point I would attach the perimeter lead, usually, 4 x 4 “U” came which provides a nice neat finish. Using 60/40 solder I would then bead the panel back and front before attaching two hooks to accommodate a chain. The panel is then cleaned with “0000” steel wool before the final patination and polish. This completes the construction process.
The Finished Piece
And here is the completed panel, I made this for my mum as a present for Christmas 2015. My younger sister had passed away earlier in the year at the young age of 55. She always used to visit and bring my mum small pretty things to hang in the window. So I made this Hummingbird to remind us of all the good times we enjoyed as a family. Life can be so wonderful and yet so brief.
This Koi Fish & Blossoms is a panel that I have wanted to produce for some time. I used to watch a show called “Miami Ink” which featured some amazing tattoo artists. Some of the larger back pieces would be of Koi Fish. This provided me with the inspiration for this panel. I would have loved to have learned how to tattoo but for one reason or another, it never came to pass. Yet I did learn how to produce stained glass at the relatively young age of 24. Well without giving too much away it seems very young to me now.
There is an awful lot of symbolism in Oriental Art so I did some research on this before embarking on my design. One of the main things I concentrated on was the water element. I had a vision of creating a splash effect, the only way of getting this was to have my Koi swimming downstream. This left some “empty space” at the top of the panel which I filled with Cherry Blossoms. The pink of the flowers fitted the color palette and to add a bit of meaning I worked seven into the composition.
My Design was now complete. The Koi Fish which represents perseverance, luck and prosperity is centerstage. Surrounded by Cherry Blossoms which serve as a reminder of how fleeting life can be.
Stained Glass Pattern Information
The pattern for this Koi Fish & Blossoms panel is available in the pattern store as a PDF file. The original panel size is 36 x 18 inches which can be scaled up or down using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.
Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 36 x 18 inches ( 916 mm x 457mm ) across ten pages. Instructions are provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.