Tiffany Butterfly

Original Tiffany Butterfly
Original Tiffany Butterfly

Pictured above is an original Tiffany Butterfly which was the inspiration for this little project. Tiffany’s hanging butterfly and moth ornaments were hung from the side of lampshades as a decorative addition. Here is a link with some further information https://www.theneustadt.org/collections/collection-catalog?id=67 . Dragonflys were also widely used for these ornaments which were produced circa 1910 and can now command high prices at auctions. Examples here https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/tiffany-studios-a-dragonfly-leaded-glass-and-5154561-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5154561&sid=86e9b97b-aa9b-4469-89b9-624da5f76ee0 . Coming back to my project I thought this would work just as well if it was hung in a window. Where it would enhance the view and also 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.

Tiffany Butterfly cut and foiled
Tiffany Butterfly cut and foiled

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. Finally the red tips are 60-25-5 Red,Orange and white.

Tiffany Butterfly completed and hanging in a window
Tiffany Butterfly completed and hanging in a window

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.

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, 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.

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.

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

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.

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 GPQ
Scene with poppies GPQ

  Here is the finished panel .

Round Apple Blossom

 Apple Blossom Pendant

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 Pendant 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 clearly see the fractures in the glass.

Apple Blossom Rear
Apple Blossom Rear

I think the fractures prove very effective when viewed from the front adding a sense of depth to the composition. This pattern is now available in the Patterns Store © David Kennedy 2016.

Apple Blossom Hanging
Apple Blossom Hanging

Scene with irises

Scene with Irises

Scene with Irises
Scene with Irises
Scene with Irises close up
Scene with Irises close up

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. This design is now available in the Patterns Store as a downloadable PDF pattern.

Scene with poppies

Scene with Poppies

When using art glass you invariably end up with lots of different pieces of odd glasses that you simply don’t want to dispose of. After a while these start to mount up and take up space so some thing has to be done with them which leads to this panel. I have taken the idea from a ” Tiffany ” window, 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.

Scene with poppies
Scene with poppies

I wasn’t sure how this would work out but I thought I would give it a go anyway, having seen the end result I may well try another one so watch this space.

Scene with Poppies Detail
Scene with Poppies Detail

Hummingbird

Hummingbird 

This is a small panel of a hummingbird made with Youghiogheny glass, these are all the pieces cut. I prefer to cut all the pieces before I start foiling as it provides some room for further slight adjustment should it be required.

Hummingbird with Cherry Blossoms
Hummingbird with Cherry Blossoms
Piece foiled
Piece foiled

Once all the pieces are foiled they are then flat soldered using 50/50 enabling me to remove the template. I then attach the perimeter lead and bead solder the piece using 60/40. The finish patina is then applied and a final polish completes the project.

Piece in window
Piece in window
 Photoshop edit
Photoshop edit

 

 

 

 

 

© David Kennedy 2015