Tiffany Butterfly

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.

Koi Fish and Maple leaves

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

474mm Clematis

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.

474 mm Clematis

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.

Owl in the Moonlight GPQ

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.

Owl in the Moonlight

GPQ Winter 2016 GPQ Winter 2016

© David Kennedy 2016

Clann Credo presentation.

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. cclogo2016-founded

We were approached by the CEO to create a panel based on their logo for presentation to Sister Magdalen Fogarty, one of the founder members.

Clann Credo pattern first draft
Clann Credo pattern first draft

The panel was to be small enough to hang in a window and framed in wood, this was the first draft of the pattern which was the CEO’s idea.

Clann Credo cut and leaded
Clann Credo cut and leaded

The idea was agreed and the I made the templates and proceeded to cut the glass, the outside of the panel has been constructed using lead came. This seemed to work better with the design, the lettering will be wrapped in copper foil as it is fairly intricate.

Clann Credo with lettering foiled
Clann Credo with lettering foiled

Panel is now ready for soldering and framing.

Clann Credo panel framed
Clann Credo panel framed

Panel framed and finished, I used Wissmach glass for this project, finished size is 400mm x 520mm.

Glass Patterns Quarterly

Back in January we posted a small panel ” Scene with Poppies ” Shortly after we were contacted by GPQ , and as a result this design has been published in the current issue, along with a pattern and tutorial on how to construct this small panel.

Glass Patternshttps://www.glasspatterns.com/ Quarterly
Glass Patterns Quarterly

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 Scene with poppies Here is the finished panel .

Apple Blossom

This piece has been cut and sitting on the workbench for the past two months so I am delighted to have it complete and able to post pictures. Staying with the ” Tiny Tiffany ” theme this time I have gone for an Apple Blossom design, the background glass here is a Uroboros fracture glass code 10-55 Cobalt Blue, White and Green, this is the reverse side and you can see the fractures in the glass.

Apple Blossom
Apple Blossom

I think the fractures prove very effective when viewed from the front adding a sense of depth to the composition. © David Kennedy 2016.

Apple Blossom
Apple Blossom

Scene with irises

Effort number three in my ” Tiny Tiffany ” series is another scene, this time using irises which just work so well in stained glass. Getting some small pieces of yellow in here was a bit of a challenge but like to think I managed it ok. I find using the water glass really adds another dimension even though the piece is so small.
12 iris round
This is a close up of the piece.
12 iris close up