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.
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
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.
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
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
I am now starting to foil the pieces, I do this by removing them one at a time and then replacing them as I proceed. I find this method works very well as you are able to make minor adjustments as you work across the panel. Here is the panel with all of the foiling complete and I will now proceed with the first soldering, once this has been completed the template can be removed and the first solder can be repeated on the reverse side it is important to be very careful with the panel during these stages. First soldering completed on both sides and the perimeter lead added, you can see the two pieces of black tape securing it to the panel until it is soldered into place.The final bead solder can now be added to finish the panel. Bead soldering completed and patina added and you can clearly see the difference the bead solder makes to the panel, gives it a nice finish.
One is never sure how a color scheme is going to pan out so I have started this panel by cutting a flower, some background and leaves.I have tried different colored centers for the flowers and have settled on Youghiogheny ” Laburnum ” glass. I may yet change these as the panel develops. I have added more of the background glass now which is Youghiogheny stipple glass, code NO 57 ” Neodymium Pink with Peach Gold & Bubblegum “. More background and more flowers and leaves now, flower glass is Youghiogheny code N367 ” Neodymium Pink, Dark Purple and Blue”. Leaves are also Youghiogheny code 1431 ” Lime and Emerald Green “ I have taken the background glass down the left hand side of the panel here and am thinking of introducing some fracture and streamer glass on the right hand side, and also some water effect along the bottom of the panel.
This panel is featured as a full size pattern in the latest issue of Glass Patterns Quarterly along with a step by step tutorial, we are very proud to be able to contribute patterns to this excellent publication, here is the link https://www.glasspatterns.com/current-issue.html should you wish to purchase.