The Apple Blossom with its beautiful pink and white flowers is in fact a member of the rose family. Appearing from early May apple blossoms are larger and more robust than similar cherry blossoms. They produce a sweet scent that attracts bees and other insects. Flowering between 3 to 10 days when pollination occurs, after which time they lose their petals. They are also said to represent good fortune, hope and preference which make them a perfect subject for stained glass.
I have decided to stay with the ” Tiny Tiffany ” format of a 12-inch round panel for this Apple Blossom design. The background glass is a Uroboros fracture glass code 10-55 Cobalt Blue, White and Green. Gold pink and white, plus gold pink and purple make up the flowers and the leaves are light green with spring green highlights. This is a great project if you have lots of scrap art glass and makes a beautiful Mothers Day gift. You can display the panel in a window or placed it on a stand as shown here. The original panel size is 12 inches, ( 305 mm ) in diameter.
Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 12-inch diameter, ( 305 mm x 305 mm ) across four pages. Instructions provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.
This Apple Blossom Panel has been sitting on my workbench for the past two months. As you can see from this picture I have all the pieces cut out ready for foiling and soldering. The next step I take at this stage is to place the cut pieces on a light-box. I am pretty confident in myself that it will look good when complete. But its always worth a preview if possible.
Here it is on the light-box and now you can see the fractures in the background glass. I have positioned this on the right-hand side in the two largest pieces. This is to create some interest and add to the composition, balancing the flowers on the left.
Happy enough with the way things are looking on the lightbox I have now completed foiling and soldering. The panel is flat soldered first on the front side, the panel is then turned over and process repeated on the rear. The outer lead “U” came is then fitted, final bead soldering takes place next before attaching hooks.
This is the rear of the panel with the fractures in the background glass clearly visible. These are small fragments of glass embedded in the surface of the sheet. When viewed from the front they create shadows and a fragmented light, adding atmosphere to the subject. This glass is made by Uroboros, code 10-55 Cobalt Blue, White and Green,
Completed Apple Blossom Panel with chain attached and hanging in front of a window. Its only now that the effect of the background fractures are visible. The ring mottles in the flower petals also add shadows and light variations to the piece.
12″ Diameter Tiny Tiffany Two. This time I have sorted out some glass pieces that I would like to use. These would be offcuts that I have left over after previous commissions. I’ve gone for a clematis design this time, the same size as the previous Scene with Poppies post.
About The Panel
There are three different glasses in the background. Blue, purple and a small piece of grey glass which has fractures on the reverse side. These are small flakes of glass fused into the surface creating shadows. I have arranged for the flowers to flow down through the panel and act as a bridge between these colors. The small leaves are an ideal way to introduce some green into the composition and balance the other colors. Bearing in mind this is only 12″ in diameter I have tried to create the feeling of a much larger panel.
I have been working with glass for close to forty years and as a medium, it has no equal. Drawing and painting are very much two dimensional but with glass, you get to work with the light. Of course, it’s quite unforgiving as well so you have to be very precise with everything. Having made two of these Tiny Tiffany panels now I find it amazing how much detail I can get into them. The moral is that it’s always worth trying something new, learning for me is the real essence of life. We forget what we actually know because were only interested in learning what we don’t know.
This is my 12″ diameter Scene With Poppies panel. There is a bit of a story behind the creation of this piece which I will share with you here. My dear sister, who has since passed away bought me a ” Tiffany Calendar ” as a present for Christmas. This featured various stunning stained glass panels, lampshades and scenes. Some of these were on a grand scale which got me thinking about what I could fit into a small panel. The calendar was after all quite small but the illustrations still looked stunning.
When using art glass you end up with lots of different pieces of odd glasses that you don’t want to dispose of. After a while, these start to mount up and take up space so this was a way of putting them to good use. A win, win for me if you like so I took up my pencil and started to sketch.
I have taken my inspiration from a scene on my calendar. I’m not sure how large the original window is but my small panel is 12 inches in diameter, a Tiny Tiffany if you like. I can’t include too much detail so I have concentrated on the shapes and kept them simple. What I have made sure to do is keep all the elements of a landscape picture. Background, sky, foreground with the flowers, the tree framing the left side and the water