Poppies are a favorite subject of mine and many other stained glass artists,they just work so well in glass. They are also associated with remembrance in particular for the fallen in two world wars.
This panel is made using Youghiogheny stipple glass, I tried to keep the design fairly simple and let the glass do the work. I have poppies growing wild in my garden and am always struck by the way the red really compliments the green surrounds. For those of you who are interested in reproducing this panel it is now available as a PDF downloadable pattern in the Pattern Store http://www.kennedyoriginalstainedglass.com/?sd_product=poppies-stained-glass-pattern
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.