Cherry Blossom Transom Pattern

Cherry Blossom Transom Pattern


 Cherry Blossom Transom pattern 33.5 x 18 inches. This size would fit above a doorway and could also hang at the top of a window frame. Instructions for adjusting the pattern size before printing are supplied in the PDF download. Custom sizes available on request.

Cherry Blossom Transom Pattern of pink cherry blossoms on a brown tree branch against a blue sky, surrounded by a blue and amber mottled border.
Cherry Blossom Transom Pattern

It’s April and everywhere across the northern hemisphere, Cherry Blossom trees are blooming. Here in Ireland Herbert Park in Dublin has the largest number of trees in the capital. They are also visible in St Stephens Green, Trinity College and the Botanic Gardens.
The country most famous for these beautiful trees would have to be Japan. Here every spring “Hanami” is celebrated with outdoor festivals, picnics and parties. These take place during both day and night time under the blooming trees. This tradition dates back as far as the 8th century and is very much the highlight of the Japanese calendar.

Stained Glass PDF Pattern Information


  Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 33.5 inches x 18 inches, ( 853 mm x 458 mm ) across nine pages. Instructions are included for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

Copyright Information


 Cherry Blossom Transom PDF Pattern( © David Kennedy Designs) copyright 2021. 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 other websites.

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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.

 

Copyright Information


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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Triquetra Claddagh Pattern

 Triquetra Claddagh Pattern 


Saint Patrick’s Day will soon be upon us once again. Last year, marked the beginning of the pandemic and the cancellation of all the parades. While there will be some virtual celebrations this year we can still only hold out hope for the future. So to try and mark the day this year I have designed this Triquetra Claddagh Pattern. The hands of friendship are holding the heart, which shows love to form the central part of the design. The crown for loyalty sits above the heart and a circle intertwined with shamrock and Triquetra knots frames the picture. Click the link to view more Stained Glass Patterns

 

Triquetra Claddagh stained glass pattern design by David Kennedy
© David Kennedy 2021

Claddagh A Brief History


The Claddagh is one of Ireland’s most recognized international symbols. Originating from the small County Galway fishing village of the same name in Ireland. Countless myths and legends surrounding the origins of the first ring dating as far back as 1700. Credit for the design generally goes to Richard Joyce, a local silversmith. Sometimes used for friendship, “Claddagh” rings are more popular as engagement and wedding rings. Generally, these are the modern meanings of how to wear the ring.

Right-handed with the point of the heart toward the fingertips shows the wearer is “single”. If the heart is pointing to the wrist of the right-hand the meaning is “in a relationship”.
 
Left-handed with the point of the heart toward the fingertips shows the wearer to be “engaged”. If the heart is pointing to the wrist of the left hand the meaning is “marriage”.

Stained glass Pattern Information


A 540 mm ( approx 21.25 inches) square pattern with a circular option and border pieces if required.
Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 21.25 inches x 21.25 inches, ( 540 mm x 540 mm ) across six pages. Instructions supplied for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need “Adobe Acrobat Reader” to print this pattern.

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 Triquetra Claddagh Stained Glass Pattern. (© David Kennedy Designs) copyright 2021. 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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Slade Poppies

Slade Poppies, Closing in the Middle


Finishing up this Slade Poppies panel now after adding more blooms on both sides the picture is starting to emerge, really feels like it is coming together now. I still have the seed pods and some flower centres to do but for now, I am concentrating on the remaining flowers.

Slade Poppies PDF Pattern,Closing in the middle

Nearly there now, just have the last three flowers to do.Once every piece is cut I will then commence foiling, making any further adjustments as I proceed. The next process would be the first solder on the front of the panel. Panel is then very carefully turned over and the first solder repeated on the rear. I would then add the 12 mm zinc framing before doing the final bead soldering of all the seams. The panel would then have to be thoroughly cleaned before the patina can be applied. Acetone can be very useful in preparing the Zinc prior to application.

Last three flowers
Last three flowers
Completed Panel
Completed Panel

Here is the completed panel, lit from behind by daylight. I am really pleased with the way this has turned out, it is so nice to be able to bring a project to fruition so long after the initial idea.
Slade Poppies pattern prints full size 34.5″ x 23″ ( 880 mm x 590 mm ) on twelve sheets of A4 paper. Alternatively, you can take the PDF file to a print shop and have it printed on one sheet of paper. I can provide custom sizes and adjustments if required. Thank you for your time and interest in my work.
David Kennedy

For those of you that are interested in the symbolism and meanings of poppies click here

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Snowdrops PDF Pattern

Snowdrops PDF Pattern 


This is the first post for some time because of some issues I have had with my website over the last six months. I won’t bore you with the details as I am confident that they are now ironed out. As with many other businesses during this pandemic commissions and other work have dried up. Trying to take the positive out of this situation has given me the opportunity to produce some new pattern designs. This has involved learning how to use digital software, which has been interesting to say the very least.

Snowdrops are one of the first flowers to show in late January, early February time and are a favourite among Irish gardeners. If you would like to view the largest collection of snowdrops in Ireland then Bellefield House, Co Offaly is the place to visit. This Snowdrops PDF pattern, which seems apt for this time of year contains 216 pieces. It measures 400 mm square and has a circular option if required. Click the link  to view more Stained Glass Patterns 

 

Snowdrops Stained Glass Pattern Design by David Kennedy

   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.

Copyright information


This Snowdrops 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 other websites.

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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.

Links:

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Round Clematis Tutorial 3

Round Clematis Free Pattern

Round Clematis Free Pattern


I am going to do a step by step tutorial over the next few posts. These will show the methods and various processes that I go through in the creation of a stained glass panel. For those of you who would like to participate, I have put in a link to download this Round Clematis Pattern for free. So the client I have wants a Clematis design in a circular panel. To fit the brief 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.

12 " diameter round clematis panel

 

The client really likes this design but would prefer the color scheme used in the “Blue Clematis” panel below. This is a large rectangular shape measuring  38.25 x 18.75 inches so unsuitable for their requirements. We have agreed on enlarging the smaller circular panel and that I will incorporate the colors and composition elements from the “Blue Clematis” panel into the new design.

 

Blue Clematis

 

So I have enlarged my PDF pattern and printed it out, making two copies. One for my template and one for cutting the glass pieces out. I use a pair of foil shears to cut out the separate pieces, these have a three-blade design to leave space for foil and solder. I will adapt the pattern slightly at the bottom to include some water glass but have decided to do this later in the process.

Round Clematis Step 1


Round Clematis Photo 1

Step 2


To create a nice neat circular edge I have cut a round template at 464 mm diameter using a router and 4mm MDF board. This will be fixed to a baseboard using horseshoe nails. I have allowed for the width of the perimeter lead which will frame the finished panel at 474 mm. These calculations have to be quite exact and are well worth spending your time on.

 

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Round Clematis Tutorial 1

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.

Round Magnolia Tutorial

Round Magnolia Tutorial


Round Magnolia in a stand, 16 inch round stained glass magnolia panel in window stand, pink flowers on a turquoise background.
16″ Diameter Round Magnolia in a Stand

Round Magnolia Tutorial Introduction


Pictured above is a 16″ diameter Round Magnolia panel placed in a stand on a windowsill. The glass used in this panel is Wissmach which gives the subject a very flat oriental look. In this post, I will go through the various stages of the construction of this pattern. For this, I will use the same pattern but 12″ diameter and Youghiogheny Glass. This will produce a much different effect.

Step 1

Round Magnolia step 1 cutting out the five lilac flowers in 12" round template.
In the first step above I have cut out the five flowers. I don’t always do this but every panel is different and so I change my approach. For this piece I am sure of the flowers, the tricky bit will be the background glass.

Step 2

Round Magnolia step 2 cutting the green background glass to fit the circular edge.
After making my glass selection I cut the outer edge first, then grind to ensure a nice neat fit.

Step 3

Round Magnolia step 3 fitting the outer edge background piece.
I then make my other cuts and fit the piece around the flowers. A ring saw can be a very useful tool here.

Step 4

Round Magnolia Tutorial step 4 more green background glass added, branches and leaves cut.
Some more background added now plus all the branches and leaves. I can see the picture starting to emerge.

Step 5

Round Magnolia Tutorial step 5 lower green background glass added

The lower background now complete, I have used a darker shade for these pieces.

Step 6

Round Magnolia Tutorial step 6 all pieces cut and on the lightbox.
With all the pieces now cut I have placed the panel on a lightbox to check on progress. I am happy enough so far but would also like to see it with daylight coming through.

Step 7

 Magnolia Tutorial step 7 panel all cut with daylight shining through
I have fixed my template to a sheet of clear glass and placed it up against a window. You can see the difference in how the light affects the panel it’s so much sharper with the daylight. Time for foiling and soldering.

Step 8

 Magnolia Panel step 8 completed and hanging by a chain in a window.
Here is the finished panel hanging in a window. You can see now the difference that glass selection makes to a finished panel. Also how you can create a different feel and look using the same pattern.