Sunday, August 9, 2015

Stained Glass Panel: The Phoenix

One of my favorite pieces designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is the Lake Geneva Tulip.

It is from a resort hotel overlooking Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, The hotel was designed by Wright in 1911. Full details:

It's gone now, but one of the design elements of the hotel were the windows which had a "Tulip" theme. Wright named the design "Tulip" because of the flower shape pattern in the cente

While I can see the tulip, which is in line with Wright's philosophy and his connection with Nature, I also see wings. With a little colour change I have a new piece I call the Pheonix



I transferred the design to paper using Visio. My original intent was this piece was going to be a leaded glass window so cut the glass with this in mind. I had some nice red glass left over from a previous project and decided to use it. It makes this piece look more like a phoenix than a tulip and I am okay with that :)

I started leading the piece and ran into the pattern "growing" with each piece of lead added. I need to figure out where I went wrong with the cutting. So instead of fighting with it I switched to foil. Given the switch was relatively straight forward I'm pretty sure I know where I went wrong. I also decided to add a bit more colour to the center. I need to work on my smaller cuts. I got a little impatient here.

Once foiled I set to work on soldering. I chose copper backed foil as I intended to use a copper patina on the piece. Soldering went okay, though a bit messy in the center. It's a hobby so flaws are good right ?

I had some left over cherry from another project and just enough to frame it. I guess you could say this project was made from the scraps of other projects. From the ashes a new piece is created

Here's the piece installed

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Palate Panel. I need to get moving, moving

I put the design of this panel together several years ago. I finally have gotten around to getting the glass cut out for it

The plan is to use a combination of lead and copper foil to complete this one. I like how the white looks now. It will be very different once the lead/foil are in place.

More to come later this month.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Walk to Me.... Complete

And it's done. Took awhile as I've been doing other things.

All in all it turned out well. It catches the light quite nicely. Now what to do next..... what to do......


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Walk to Me - Progress

I made some progress this weekend on leading the panel. Originally I started with a thicker lead came, but it overpowered the piece so I went to a smaller came. It was definitely the right choice.

I'll probably putter at this one for a couple of weeks. It will be important to get the lines right.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Walk To Me

This is a pattern from Chantal Stained glass patterns (
and is called "walk to me". I did use the full pattern and centered it to fit a specific size. Very colorful.

It will be leaded with a nice flat came to match the geometric nature of the panel. I'll post a picture once it is complete.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fall Leaves II

I finally finished my winter project. A little late, but I didn't feel like hanging out in the garage this winter. Each panel is ~6" square. The panels are framed in cherry and attached together with brass hooks. They are intended to be hung in this sequence. The line flows from the top to the bottom and the leaves finally drop to one. If desired they  be detached from each other to be hung separately. -T