From the Editor-Tried and True
by Delynn Ellis
Managing Editor Delynn Ellis introduces readers to the tried and true projects offered in the Spring 2013 issue of Glass Patterns Quarterly and reminds them how all of the guesswork has been taken out by GPQ’s knowledgeable tutorial writers. She also invites readers to stop by the magazine’s 2013 Glass Craft & Bead Expo booth.
Poppy Panel - An Introduction to Stained Glass
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Connie Sanchez
An 8" x 10" stained glass panel featuring a yellow poppy flower and foliage. Tips are provided for using the English method for cutting glass, in which the pattern is placed under the glass for tracing, as well as the standard method for gluing pattern pieces to the top of the glass. Techniques for creating a textured flower center with decorative solder on copper sheet foil are also included. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
Sunflower Mosaic Birdbath
Design and Fabrication by Alysa Phiel, Text by Jane McClarren
Photography by Nick Letson
A garden birdbath made from two terra cotta flower pots and a large terra cotta saucer is the base for applying a glass floral mosaic. The main sunflower petals and foliage are cut from glass, arranged on the surfaces, then glued to the pots and saucer. The remainder of the design is filled in with rectangular, square, and nipped glass before the sanded grout is applied to seal the project.
Design, Fabrication, Text, and Photography by Janae Polish
An 11‑1/4" x 12‑3/4" panel featuring a combination of stained and painted glass. Tips for preparing the paints are included as well as techniques for tracing the design with paint onto the leopard. A matte coat is then applied to give the piece shading and depth. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
Flowers, Stars, and Abstracts-Three Garden Stakes from One Pattern
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Dianne McGhee
A set of three-dimensional garden stakes created using sheet glass, colored glass nuggets, and copper wire. Various geometric shapes are cut from the glass for flower petals. The nuggets are then installed in the centers of the flowers and finished with decorative soldering and wire curlicues. Flower stems made from 20-gauge copper wire are attached as a way to use them as garden stakes. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
Carrying the Light-The Egyptian Scarab Beetle
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Leslie Gibbs
Photography by Jon Gibbs
A 7" x 10" stained glass panel with curved corners featuring an Egyptian scarab beetle. Shades of iridized glass plus the addition of a faceted glass gem provide a lustrous sparkle to this project. The wings are fired and slumped in the kiln to provide a more dimensional look. Solder fill is used for the scarab’s legs. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Design by Jean Beaulieu, Text by Darlene Welch
An 21" round stained glass panel featuring a Bernese mountain dog from Dog Breeds 1—Illustrated Designs of Man’s Best Friend by Jean Beaulieu. A careful selection of glass colors and attention to the glass grain, especially for the dog’s fur and the sky, help to bring this design to life. The pattern could also be used as a guide for creating a painted glass panel. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
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Spring Bouquet-A Fused Glass Panel and Stand
Design, Fabrication, Text, and Photography by Dale Keating
An 11" square fused glass panel featuring a grouping of spring flowers. The background glass, center flowers, and long, spiky leaves are cut from glass, while smaller stems and leaves are made from glass stringer. Details for finishing the design are created using rod bits. Tips are included for constructing a slumping mold for the panel and for cutting and constructing the panel stand.
Out of the Box-Dalle Plant Stand
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Nancy E. Burke
Photography by Nancy E. Burke and Donald D. Burn
A plant stand made from flat-sided solid glass rods cut from dalle de verre glass slabs. Techniques are presented for planning the size of the rods that are used in the stand. Cold working guidelines are also included for pre-polishing and finish-polishing the rods. Tips are covered for optimal placement of the rods, which are then glued together to finish the project.
Alice’s White Rabbit Meets Mad Craft Skills-Using Printable Resist Film for Dichroic Etching
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Carmen Flores Tanis
Instructions for creating glass etching resist from line images using printable resist film. Information is offered on the basics of dichroic glass, choosing the right glass and design, and scanning the artwork. Tips are also offered for applying the etch cream and for assembling all of the pieces that are included in the collage in which the rabbit panel is included. Instructions for making the brocade fused hearts shown in the corners of the collage can be found in the Winter 2012 issue of GPQ.
Fusing Tricks of the Trade-Understanding Ramp Speed
by Dennis Brady
Information on how the various aspects of glass influence what ramp speeds should be selected for fused glass projects. Included are tips for considering the thickness and uniformity of the glass, susceptibility to distortion, thermal shock, and bubble squeeze. Suggestions for fire-polishing schedules are also included.
by Darlene Welch
Information on the latest in books and patterns plus new glass and tools for hot, warm, and cold glass artists and hobbyists. This is the perfect place to keep up with the innovations that will make working in glass easier and more enjoyable.
Nouveau Blue Tulip
Design by Jan Williams, Text by Delynn Ellis
A 14‑1/2" x 8‑1/2" Victorian stained glass panel from the British Legacy III collection by Glass Eye 2000. The pattern is rendered using an authentic color scheme from that time period and features the soft texture and muted colors of English muffle glass.
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