Koi Fish and Maple leaves

Koi Fish and Maple leaves

Koi Fish and Maple Leaves is a 17 inch diameter panel made with Wissmach Glass.You can check out their website here where you will find a comprehensive selection of glass. https://www.wissmachglass.com/ .

It is made using the copper foil method of construction and edged in 4 x 4 mm lead came. Add a chain and hang it in a window of your choice to fully enjoy the bright, vibrant colors.

Koi Fish and Maple Leaves
Koi Fish and Maple Leaves

On a sadder note this is only the second post on here this year, due mainly to a number of deaths in my family.Whilst this has been a very sad and difficult time, at some point I feel you have to try and move on.

Koi Meaning

Which brings us to this design. In Japanese culture the Koi Fish represents good fortune, luck and abundance and we all could do with some of that .This panel is inspired by the story of the koi swimming upstream in the fall, hence the maple leaves. Legend has it that if it succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called rainbow gate on the yellow river, it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend , the koi fish has become a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.

Glass Patterns Quarterly Magazine

Koi Pattern

It is now available as a free pattern in the latest edition of Glass Patterns Quarterly, along with a step by step tutorial .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 from the world of glass. I think they have covered about everything here along with a 16 page pattern sheet. You will have plenty of inspiration for the holiday season.
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

Poppies at Slade.

Poppies at Slade

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.

Poppies at Slade Uroboros Glass code 10-16-5
Poppies at Slade Uroboros Glass code 10-16-5

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. However 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.

Uroboros Glass code 60-25-5
Uroboros Glass code 60-25-5
Top and Bottom background
Top and Bottom background

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.

Round Apple Blossom Pattern

Round Apple Blossom

 

Round Apple Blossom Pattern
Round Apple Blossom Pattern

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 panel can be hung in a window or placed in a stand as shown here. The original panel size is 12 inches, ( 305 mm ) diameter.

The stand can be purchased here http://www.fireliteforms.com/category/39175338  The pattern for this piece can be purchased in the pattern store as a PDF download.

Original panel size is 12 inches, this can be scaled up using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.

Clematis foil and solder

Clematis foil and solder

Clematis part foiled
Clematis part foiled

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.

Clematis fully foiled
Clematis fully foiled

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.

Clematis first solder
Clematis first solder

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.

Clematis soldered & patina
Clematis soldered & patina

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 being cut

474 mm Clematis being cut

 

 Clematis cut 1
Clematis cut 1

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.After having tried a few different colored centers for the flowers I have settled on Youghiogheny ” Laburnum ” glass. This may yet change as the panel develops.

 

Clematis cut 2
Clematis cut 2

I have added more of the background glass now which is Youghiogheny stipple glass, code NO 57 ” Neodymium Pink with Peach Gold & Bubblegum “.

 Clematis cut 3
Clematis cut 3

More background, and leaves now in this picture. Flower glass is Youghiogheny code N367 ” Neodymium Pink, Dark Purple and Blue”. Leaves are also Youghiogheny code 1431 ” Lime and Emerald Green “.

474 mm Clematis cut 4
474 mm Clematis cut 4

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Owl in the Moonlight GPQ

Owl in the Moonlight

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
Owl in the Moonlight

© David Kennedy 2016

Moody Iris Stained Glass Pattern.

Moody Irises Stained Glass Pattern
Moody Irises Stained Glass Pattern

Moody Iris Stained Glass Pattern

 

Irises must have been created for stained glass, they just work so well together. This panel was created in about 40 hours using Youghiogheny stipple glass.The full size pattern for this panel is now available as a digital download in the Pattern Store http://www.kennedyoriginalstainedglass.com/?sd_product=moody-irises-stained-glass-pattern

Clematis Stained Glass Pattern

 Clematis Stained Glass Pattern
Clematis Stained Glass Pattern

 

Clematis Stained Glass Pattern

We are delighted to be able to offer this design for sale as a full size pattern 38.25 inches x 18.75 inches, ( 972mm x 476mm ) and is available on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/473515336/clematis-stained-glass-pattern-david?ref=shop_home_feat_1. It is in PDF form and can be printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.