Monday 7 Apr

Making a stained glass window.

hunterMy current project is to make a panel to fit into a stained glass screen in a pub called “The Hunter” in a nearby village.

I keep telling potential customers that I’m retired, but they just force money into my hands to do “one last job”. The picture on the left shows the glass having been painted, fired and is now ready to be leaded together with the the surrounding coloured glass,not shown. (click the images to make big). The border is made up of four separate pieces, also hand painted and fired.

paintingThe photo on the right shows the painting in progress. I always use light boxes to paint on, makes it so much easier. Traditional glass painting has always involved kiln firing in order to fix pigments and stains.

The term stained glass is a confusing one and can refer to any glass, either coloured during its manufacture or glass which has been decorated by special paints

Oxide pigments range from reddish brown to black and are used to paint opaque lines or, when diluted, to give tone and shading. These pigments are kiln fired at around 620 degrees Centigrade to fuse onto the glass surface and become permanent.

Silver stain is made from salts of silver and when applied to glass and fired at a lower temperature produces a spectrum of yellows from deep amber to pale lemon. The colour is not fused onto the glass surface, but is created by a molecular change in the glass surface which is permanent. Silver stain is often used to create details or patterns on larger pieces of glass.

I will post a picture of the completed panel when it’s finished.

Friday 21 Mar

Stained Glass Lamps

FROM THE ARCHIVES. Originally posted on my old blog, 31 May 2012, now closed.

Specially for Melinda, or anybody else who is slightly interested. . . . .

North Bay Classic Victorian lamp Tiffany style lamp Art Deco lamp Edwardian Lamp Frog lamp Table lamp

“I have been busy just lately and haven’t had time to update my pages.

As you can see from the pictures on the left (click the images to embiggen) I have been making some lampshades for our local Summer Craft Fair of which 10% of the profits from each stall go to local charities.

You can imagine that I am absolutely fed up with slaving over a hot soldering by now, and I don’t want to see another piece of coloured glass again for a while! Nevertheless I get a nice warm feeling inside that I’m helping out the local charities as well as making a nice fat profit for myself.

I apologise for the quality of the pics, they are not up to my usual high standard. I had to use my old analogue Zenit SLR camera because I dropped my digital camera out of the bedroom window onto the concrete yard below when I was photographing some weird looking bird on the lawn. Now for some reason, I know not what, it has ceased to function. It is now an ex-camera”.

NOTE: All the lamps have been sold. Went like hot cakes, they did!

1. This one is a variation of a lot of similar ones, all slightly different, I made for a chain of pubs.
2. A night light for the nursery?
3. An Edwardian lamp design.
4. My Art Deco design.
5. A Tiffany style lampshade.
?. The unnumbered one is a design from San Francisco called “North Bay Classic”.
7. Victorian style. I found the glass droppers at a car boot sale.

Wednesday 19 Mar

The Kings Head panel

Click on the pictures for larger image.

Recently I was asked by a brewery if I would come out of retirement to make a panel for one of their public houses. In the past I had done a lot of work for them in various pubs and restaurants in the south of England. I didn’t really want the job because I retired ten years ago and now have other interests. I told them that all my tools, paints, and kiln were now stacked in an outhouse gathering dust and cobwebs awaiting disposal.

The pub door has a plain leaded glass panel with a green border. The reason for this was at a time when they thought that some drunk or vandal might smash it, and if that happened it would be easy to make another one quickly and cheaply to replace it.

front_doorIt’s been twenty years since I made that door panel and it’s never been broken or even cracked, so the brewery thought it was time to jazz it up a bit. I agreed, under duress, to make a roundel and fit it into the middle of the window. I should mention that the pub is called “The Kings Head”, if you haven’t spotted the name already!

This will involve taking the door panel out, stripping it, and rebuilding it with the new roundel in place, because this work cannot be done in situ. It has taken me three weeks to design, paint and fire the individual pieces and lead them together. Not working all the time you understand, just in between my housewifery chores!

The next stage is to take out the existing panel and board up the door. I shall bring the panel back home to work on it, and then return and fit it. We agreed on a payment for this; 25 Free Sunday lunches, including a pint, at any one of their pubs on the Sundays I decide on. (Income Tax dodge!)

Old Git Wit: Be kind to your kids, they’ll be choosing your nursing home!