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  •  Very nice! (7+ / 0-)

    Now, try the blue in one piece. You can doo eeet!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 04:23:22 AM PDT

    •  That would be as hard as.... (8+ / 0-)

      a chameleon standing in front of a Catholic School girl's plaid skirt. That would be hard to do!!!

    •  Its very hard to cut a sharp inside curve (3+ / 0-)

      It can be done, usually by grozing, but if it were done it would weaken the piece. I like the selection of cames and their placement. Good job John.

      When I apprenticed to Wilbur Burnham to learn how to do stained glass back in the early seventies I worked with a bunch of guys in their eighties because there weren't really a lot of people who still knew the tricks of the trade; Back then after having joined the union I made $1.75 an hour.

      In my opinion this is a nice modern mosaic composition, which I prefer to the old school arrangements which were more comfortable in a Victorian era.

      Our glass was designed as a watercolor, then cartooned full scale on bond so patterns could be copied through on heavy brown paper, then cut out with double bladed scissors which made room for the web of the cames.

      Then the patterns were laid on the glass and their outlines scored with a glass cutter and broken out; with the pieces waxed up on a big slab of plate glass set in an easel placed in a northern window to get a true light.

      The man who taught me to paint was Joe Zalinger who made his real living playing the ponies with tips from the Patriarchas family. He would wear a suit under a blue artists smock, light a cigar, put on some Italian opera, draw a curtain around him and go to work.

      All our glass had to be etched, painted and silver stained; outlined with tracing black and stippled with bister brown using a badger brush then fired in a kiln.

      After being soldered up our panels were grouted with a mixture of calcium carbonate, lamp black, linseed oil and turpentine, then cleaned with a wooden peg and a stiff brush; placed in an armature and fixed in a stone socket

      One thing Mr. Cobarruvias might like to experiment with is handblown glass that has what we call strawberries; imperfections that trap the light inside the glass so that it radiates. As an artist he can also etch the flash around a wax screen or resist with hydroflouric acid so as to wash the dark primary colors and make the glass brighter.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 07:20:03 AM PDT

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      •  That's cathedral style work. (2+ / 0-)
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        Eyesbright, rktect

        Check out http://www.vasiloffstainedglass.com/
        Marsha has been working in stained glass since the early Seventies and has gone from the Tiffany style (like the piece in this diary, copper foil and solder) to came lead and grout, painting the pieces, et cetera, because she has become the "go to girl" for cathedral repairs in New England. She has teamed up with an Italian glass artist who has taught her and her husband, an immense amount involving baking colors and images into glass. They just finished a huge restoration of a cathedral in Norwich that involved staging over 100 feet high with rolling scaffolding on top of the stage!
        Keeping an ancient artform alive!

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 08:49:01 AM PDT

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