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Friday, November 13, 2020

Stained glass windows

I learned the craft of making stained glass windows way back in high school and have made several projects over the years, too many of which were left behind after my divorce. One project that we have had on display for a while now is the double window in our "green room". This room is a small converted breezeway that now provides access to our enclosed rear porch and whose contents and decor are a mix of my Medieval and Renaissance weapons collection and the corner cabinet and small refrigerator that house our booze. I've shown this double set before but here it is once more:


As some of you know, I recently remodeled my bathroom. One final addition was another window I started quite a while ago and only recently finished. It was not an overly complicated project, but I lost interest in it about 3/4s of the way through and it languished until I managed to rouse enough motivation to finally complete it. To be honest, most of that motivation was a desire TO complete it and thereby put away all the crap associated with making it. 

The other day I got it done and secured it into the existing window. Rosa is very happy to have it done, as am I. Here it is:


Here are two views. As you can see, the bulk of the window uses regular clear glass, since Rosa did not want her view of our garden or bird feeder obscured.

Working with glass is both rewarding and frustrating. The end result is usually pleasing, but the road to that payoff is littered with effort, monotony, cut fingers, monotony, pieces with complicated cuts that break on the last scoring and other mishaps, monotony, nasty smells of solder flux, and a bit more monotony. 

I do think if I ever do another piece it will be a landscape and not a symmetrical design. The last time I did a project without feeling bored was a seascape of a lighthouse in our area. Unfortunately that piece is not in my possession. With landscapes every piece is unique, and that seems to hold my attention more than repeated patterns.

If you are curious about the process, here is a brief overview on YouTube: 


But if you want a simpler method of making a stained glass window with a different set of rewards, try this instead: start by procuring a pretty pattern of glass. Like this:

Or perhaps something more monochromatic and simple like this?



Lube it up and insert it into the window frame of your preference, whether yourself, or someone else. 



And with some effort, though not nearly what you'd go through with the traditional method, viola!


Your own personal window! And if you are concerned that no one will get to see and enjoy it, just put it on display!

Truly a presentation guaranteed to draw admiring glances and comments. In fact, I would wager this window will attract more admirers than the one that took me so much effort to make. Of course, I can at least SEE my own window whenever I wish........unlike this young lady who has to rely on the feedback from others.......or a photo........like this one. LOL





11 comments:

  1. Nice! Only you could figure out a way to seamlessly blend stain glass windows and anal insertables. I say that with great admiration. :-)

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    1. Thank you, kind sir. But to be honest, there are probably several more ways to combine the two that I didn't even go into. I guess one just needs a very perverted mind to make these connections, but that was something that I was just lucky enough to be born with. LOL

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  2. What beautiful windows! Your home glows with the radiant light that filters through.

    Hugs,
    Hermione

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    1. Thanks, Hermione. That filtering effect is not terribly evident with the new window but the double panel in the "green room" does cast a nice glow when the sun sets on that side of the house.

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  3. perhaps more functional if the chair could be sat on rather tham bending. while a subs comfort vs its supposed to hurt / be difficult is one thing you probably could not play like that for long.

    imagine the chair you sat on to write the blog or a covid work from home day in my case has such a chair

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    1. I'm so far unable to get more info on this shot, but there's something about the setting that makes me think it's an avant garde performance art exhibit.

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  4. My first thought was also about the nice transition from windows to plugs.
    That photo with the "chair" is delightful and I would certainly be excited to attend such an art exhibit!

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    1. Thanks, Bill. I should really do another "being on display" post sometime soon. I've collected a few more good images on that topic and it would be a shame to let them languish unused.

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