Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Current projects: the Quilt panels

Right now, we are working on two quilt panels for the Association of Stained Glass Lamp Artists, hereafter known by the acronym ASGLA.  Every year, members of the Association are given the opportunity to create and donate a 6" x 6" window panel (the pattern is decided on and sent to the membership in the newsletter).  All of the panels sent in to ASGLA are then assembled into a stained glass 'quilt' and are displayed at various institutions, such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc.  We have to have our entries in by February 1st, and we're on track to make that date.  First off, is the pattern, shown below.  I shaded my copy to make it easier to decide on colors.  This pattern is based on a Lunette window made by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Then we begin cutting glass for the window, as seen above.  We use a homemade light table to aid in color selection, without it, the job would be nearly impossible to get good results.  As you can see, I didn't use the same color palette as shown on the pattern.  This is my panel, I haven't take a picture of Carl's yet, but will tomorrow.  His is done in blue, yellow and green.  We still have to decide on the centers of the flowers, which call for jewels or whatever our imagination comes up with.  I have to cut and grind a few more pieces as we had some breakage issues and then copper foil them in preparation for soldering.

More to come on this!

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