Owls are steeped in symbolism and folklore throughout many different cultures. From the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Native American Indians to name but a few. The Celts believed it was the wisdom of the Owl that gave it the knowledge of the underworld path. So a fascinating subject and also quite popular in the world of stained glass design. Here is my contribution an “Owl in the Moonlight” stained glass panel. This piece now takes pride of place in a Reiki Healing Studio in County Wexford Ireland.
I have used a dark blue Spectrum Waterglass for the sky and an ice white Youghiogheny Stipple Glass for the moon. These two glasses work so well together, the blue reflects the light whereas the white is very opaque. I have picked the branches out with a solid black glass to complete the upper background. The Owl sits in the foreground atop a tree stump at the centre of the composition. It took me a few days to produce this pattern and I am very happy with the end result.
Stained Glass Pattern Information
Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 18 inch x 24 inch, ( 457 mm x 610 mm ) across eight pages. Instructions provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.
This Large Lantern was a commission piece for a girl’s second-level school in Co Waterford Ireland. The school was a new building replacing a much older construction and did not have a chapel. The board had designated a room within the school to use as a place for prayer and contemplation. This is where the lantern would provide a focal point and create a pastoral atmosphere.
The Design Elements
A lantern this large wasn’t something I had made before but I would always tackle anything that comes along. That to me is the whole point of doing commission work. It takes you out of your comfort zone and stretches your skillset. The first idea I had was for a cross design which I would place on opposite sides. As for the other two sides, one was to house an opening for a candle, so I created a simple frame top and bottom. Leaving the final panel in which I placed the oak leaf. This was one of the school’s symbols and worked well with the other elements so completed the design.
I made cardboard templates of the four sides and top and bottom sections and drew out my designs. Using 1/4 inch lead came I put together the two cross-sections and the oak leaf section. I then cut out the top and bottom pieces and attached 1/4 inch “U” came to the sides of all the sections. All the lead came was then cleaned with “0000” steel wool before soldering. The red and amber are WaterGlass, the blue glass on the top is Rough Rolled and the oak leaf is a piece of Kokomo. A small brass finial finishes off the top.