This is the mid section for the windows, there will be 10 of them throughout the house. They will be 5 feet tall and 11 inches wide. I ordered enough Zinc for all 10 of them but it was back ordered since November so, It is not here yet. They will be made with the copper foil and zinc around the frame, then put over the glass in the long windows (they don't open) so I'll probably secure them with small screws, not sure yet.
This is the mid section panel, it is hard to see the colors. The top and bottom sections are petals.
That is a really nice pot combo, the succulents will look great in them.
Betty, thank you, you will not believe this, but, I've started teaching a beginner's stained glass... I can't believe it myself.. I think we are having so much fun that I get so excited and want to teach the ladies everything I can think of all at one time. (before I forget)..lol Also, I don't know if this particular center will continue with classes again after this one, but, if not, we still have mosaic there. But, if it had not been for you encouraging us in your spoon thread, I would not have gotten the bug. Also, before this semester is over, I will teach everyone to recycle silverware..lol, THANK YOU!!!! And, I'll mention your name, I just said a friend from Canada taught me. See what you did?
Hey there fish_knees, thank you and I hope all is well with you all.
Zinc I don't think there is any shortage of it to be waiting since November for it. I would check into that more or find a different company to buy it from.
The project you're working on looks like FUN!
I'm working on this week 2 signs 24 x 24 each, 1 mermaid window 40 x 39, 3 abstracts 24 x 40 each, 1 floral 18 x 18 and 2 custom beveled windows 44 x 60. Can't wait to get one of them done. But between clients in and out of the studio and holds up for kiln working, airbrushing, sand blasting etc. work to be completed it takes a lot of time. I hope to be done with all of them in the next week since we have 12 other client's on the schedule to begin their work.
Sammut GREAT work love the colors.
Bettypauze LOL I did that once and then scraped the project and reused the glass in another window that inspired me. I found unless I'm inspired it just doesn't get done so why start it... lol Good luck send us picture when you done.
Absolutely gorgeous...you've given me a thought, wonder if I could do same, unfoil and use the glass in one that inspires me..you are so on target, if it's not something you love it will stay unfinished...
I did though pour a mold for a bench and used up a lot of leftover glass...lordy, even using panes meant for other projects..lol..once you cut it, it's leftovers right?
I was inspired by this site to try my hand at covering a bowling ball. I glued about a zillion glass globs on a bowling ball, grouted it, then stuck in on top of my bottle tree. This whole thing is in front of my stained glass studio.
I'm so bad, was looking at your gorgeous garden and saw the metal frames, thought wouldn't it be nice to go purchase a flower pot saucer to fit the size of the metal plant holder, large enough for it to sit inside and on it's rim BUT ONLY after you do same technique as you did with the bowling ball...can't you see a lovely blue glass birdbath?
Hello to all of you. Gourd, I'm so glad to finally find you. Lady, you have been missed. You know you were my inspiration on all the TtT items I made. Now I have something I really need your help with. This is a picture of one end of my sun room and I want to put stain glass on the top windows. The sun is on those windows every afternoon, and I think they would be beautiful. The next picture will be the stain glass I want to use. I would only want to use the color in the larger design. Have started removing the glass, but have no clue how to follow thru with my idea.
Oh my goodness, that is some gorgeous glass there.
Okay, first of all, you need to measure your windows and make some paper templates just to make sure that you have enough glass for each one, and re-measure, then decide what type of frame you will use.
I am assuming that you are going to place the new panels over the existing ones, which is the way I would do it without going into major construction and tearing up anything. You can just place your new window panels over the glass.
Once you have your frames made, then you can remeasure the frame against the window. Then trace the inside of the frame space on paper and draw your pattern. If you are using the same pattern there, you can just trace the pieces of glass as they are, then you can draw some shapes for the areas that do not have glass. These areas will be filled in with whatever color you choose, clear or clear colored, just so that the two windows match, stick with the same color for both.
After that, then you can foil them and solder them. If you choose a wooden frame, then you can use the same silicone glue/sealant we used for mosaic on the birdbaths. If you choose to use Zinc, then you have to order some and also use some grout to keep the zinc from moving.
Did you want to use Lead or copper foil? It will not be hard to do this, I wish you lived closer to me, we could work on it together. I don't know if I could teach the lead method on line. And you already know how to foil and solder, so it would be easier. I am foiling mine. If they are needing reinforcement, let me know and I'll try to show you how to do that, I think they need reinforcement every 18 inches if they are larger than that. It is not hard to do that.
Faye, are those beveled glass, you may need to go with lead came if they are, that is stronger, and beveled glass is much thicker and heavier than the regular sheets of glass. they sell the lead came by the roll and it is soft and pliable. Then you can use a wooden frame or a Zinc frame to hold it together.
Wow! thank you Gourd, I sure wish you lived close to me. I'm afraid I do not have enough experience to tackle such a major job. I would be afraid I would make a mess of the existing windows and I sure do not want to do that. Thank you so much for all the info. I knew you could do it!
Love you lady!
Well it doesn't work out a lot of the time...lol
but if you really want to do something and have no other way you just do it ,
I taught my self to make quilts and have sold 100s to the public
doing the samething with glass im still in the baby stage but have sold a few things
but for some reason Mosaics are not reaching out to me and I really want to start on something :(
Faye, you can also use glue and glue the glass onto some glass and instead of solder, use grout... you need to use some high ladders, and I don't know if that is a good idea, a fall could do a lot of harm to us if we lose our balance. You may still be able to do this if you have them make you some duplicate windows and you work on them on a table, then have someone professionally install them for you. Glass on Glass, that would look nice too.
Thank you guys for the compliments.. you will never know what I have been up to.
I got 8 box turtles, real ones... and I've been making pens for them, they are really neat characters. I love them. They are rescues, I did get three for my birthday, the rest were turtles that needed homes and I want MORE.. remember those helmet turtles I was making, well, this is one of my babies.. after having over 45 fake turtles over the years, I finally got some real ones.
This is Big Al, his name is Alamo. He follows me around and he is smelling the cord to the camera. They really entertain me and they are just funny little guys too.
Gourd, your turtle rescue is awesome. I'm so proud of you. LOL and as you might already know, I would like to do that too. how did you ever learn that you could rescue turtles, and from where?
Thank you for all the suggestions for my windows, but I'm going to try and forget the idea. Sounds like it would cost a small fortune to have someone do it, and I'm not experienced enough. Wish you were here.
The ones I've got are Box Turtles (terrapene) land turtles. You may be able to get some water turtles too, I don't have an aquarium and don't want to clean one.. so I got some outside turtles, they still need maintenance but they are so neat, they come to you and recognize you from far, they know what time you feed them too.
The glass you have there will make a great table top with grout... use the cement board on the top so that you can use it outside. (backer board) they have some really thin board that you can replace or place on top of the table to make it waterproof.
Thank you Gourd. I think I have to settle on doing this table top with the glass. I have had a glass top cut, (never would if I had priced it before it was done, $102.) I had thought I would put the stain glass on top of this glass and then grout. What is cement board? Where do I get it?
sammut, That butterfly is going to look great. Looks like you have a few projects going there. I'm in the middle of a couple and they are at a standstill right now.
I got a neat tip at a workshop two months ago. They used a sandbox, or a box with sand, and put the ceramic tile in the box then used a hammer to break it, none of the pieces flew anywhere. I don't recommend it without safety glasses. but you can wrap a around it and then stick it into the sand for support, then hit it with a hammer. Pretty cool how they did it and taught us to use the nippers correctly.. (correctly for me)..lol I'm so used to cutting glass that I don't know how to use the tile nippers.
Faye, the hardy backer board is sold at Lowes and is 1/4 inch thick about 3ftx5ft and is made out of concrete. You can cut that in half and have two half circles or buy two boards if the circle is larger. This should be placed on top of your wood so that the wood won't warp on you and not to be used alone. Cost is approximately 8 or 9 dollars each. I didn't ask if they would cut it out for me, but, then again, you could make it a square table on the circular frame you have there, use a square piece of wood or lots of pieces of wood, just glue the backerboard to that. Then start your mosaic. I also can take a photo of the glue that the used for the fountains they were making, I bought some and want to make an outdoor table as well.
you can still use that beautiful glass just place it in a way that will look good, you can make a large circle or even two semi circles... on a square table... you have lots of options.
sammut, the planted 2 tier piece looks great, I'm envious...I love the deep red and burnt orange in your butterfly. It wouldn't have occured to me to use 2 colors of grout, but I can see how the dark enriches the deeper colors and the white will blent with the sky blue. Well done!
Gourd- Iam aways playing with lots of ideas at once Just had new idea working out how to hang a mirror from the rafters first have to cut and put a extra beam up when doing things just have to look up to see how it will look from a distance . This will save time no more standing things up and walking away to see how things are going .
I like the idea of the sand box try thate tomorrow.
Iam useless with nippers I use a small hammer and chip the edgers till tile fits .
Sylguy- Thanks I dont use a lot of bright colours thate way every thing blends together better in my small yard.--------elaine
Pretty butterfly sammut5. hope my project will turn out looking that good.
Gourd, thank you so much for all you do to help me. Thank you for the backer board info. and yes, I would like to see the glue used.
Thanks for the kind comments, we are in mid winter here I work next to a heater thate is the reason I am doing so many projects .
Iam sending a big push over to you waiting to see the finished window panel .------elaine.
Gosh there is so much talent on DG, I love your mosaics..
The name of the glue is this and it is sold at Lowes:
Premium Wood Glue
I'll take a photo of it later today.
The great thing about this glue is that it is WATERPROOF and WEATHERPROOF
can be used on WOOD, FOAM, CONCRETE, STONE, MARBLE, METAL and MORE..
this is what they used in outside murals in Mexico City.. so this should hold up for our birdbaths, etc.. I am in love.. with this glue.
It doesn't say animal safe, but since it is under the item and then grouted, it shouldn't bother the birds, I don't know. I want to make my turtles a small birdbath for them use on the ground... and embed it into the ground somehow so I can just hose it off every day.
Here is the photo of the glue: This should work on plexiglass too.. I noticed that they had a very clear one, this one is the color of honey, they said the same thing on the labels, so I got this one. Make sure you wear a mask over your nose and mouth (or bandana) because I'm sure it has invisible fumes that are quite harmful.
oooh, I love it!!!!!! good going on the shading. The black grout will look great, I think it would look great all over it too, it may make it look dark, but, I've seen some vases at Hobby Lobby with the clear glass and black grout and they look really good, especially with the red.
I don't know what to say, except you are doing a great job, makes me want to get started on something here.
You want the glue to disappear so you can see through the clear class to let the light through, so you need to wait till the glues dries clear, it could take a week or more depending on how much glue you used on each piece, then, if doesn't matter to you if you can see some of the glue through the glass, and sometimes you can't really tell there is glue there if the clear pieces are small enough, then you usually wait 24 hours/overnight before you grout like the time on other mosaic pieces..
Pick it up against the light tomorrow after the glass has set and see if you like it the way it is..
Big Al is only 6 to 7 inches long maybe 8. He is a real character and I miss them greatly, we built pens for them and they live outdoors, right now they are hibernating. We are up to 10 box turtles and 1 aquatic yellow eared slider that lives indoors inside a 55 gallon tank.. He (Johnny) is also a attention hog..loves for us to pay attention to him.
The land turtles are in pens and I'll post my flicker account where my photos are and you can see their pens. Made out of 6x6x8 lumber really thick and strong, lined on the bottom with wire mesh so they cannot dig themselves out. They live out there and I feed them veggies/fruit/cat food and they need fresh water daily and a place to soak in. After a while they recognize you and know what time you feed them so they come out. Let me know if the link works or not, I'll send it to you in a dmail. Also my other projects are posted there, I have several projects that I need to take photos of and upload them up in flickr.