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Oct 23, 2009

IT IS HERE, IT IS AMAZING

Through teaching computers I have met an amazing woman named Heidi. She is amazing for several reasons which I won't go into here but one her talents is stained glass. Here are some I have featured on here before.

I knew nothing of how stained glass was done. Boy have I learned a lot. 
Did you know that every piece must be ground on all edges to allow the copper foil to adhere to it? Did you know that once it is foiled you have about 48 hours to solder it or the foil gets a coating and kind of tarnishes. The solder won't stick to this. You solder both sides of the window completely around each and every piece.  


In the end you will wrap the outer edge with a lead frame and solder on some rings to attach chain to for hanging if it is a free hanging piece. 
This is the part where I should mention my piece had 504 pieces. Yup. She had to cut, grind and wrap every numbered piece then she soldered them all together..twice...once on each side. Heidi...are you still speaking to me? Good.

I am sorry I didn't get better photos today when we went to pick it up but I will take some more when my BB guy hangs it for me. 
Heidi you are an amazing artist. No wonder you had people banging down your door to look at it. Thanks for not giving in to the ones that wanted it for themselves.  
Now for the reveal. Again my apologies for my poor picture quality. 


You should notice that she even thought to make the leaves start as green and change gradually to the rust color of fall the further from the stem they grow just like in nature. I think there are about 150 individual grapes growing here. 


For now this will hang in an opening into my stairway but eventually the plan will be to have it in a wine room. EVENTUALLY.

16 comments:

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Lori that is beautiful. She did an amazing job. It is something that you will always treasure, and it looks gorgeous.

Jen

Sue said...

Ooooh... A wine room~That would be fun! I'm hardly a wine snob, just know what I like to drink! That window is gorgeous. I can't imagine the time involved in creating such a beautiful piece of art.

I had some issues w/Photo bucket yesterday and had to create a new blog button code. You'll need to re-do the link if you want to display it again. Thanks, Lori.

hugs, Sue

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

That is truly beautiful and a real work of art. I had no idea of the amount of skill and work that went into something like that. Yup to a wine room - sounds like heaven to me!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

What a truly work of art this is Lori, I use to do stain glass so know the work it takes to make each piece fit...and when I see it out shopping I can understand why it's so hig priced..And girl how cool a wine room..May you have a great weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Ali said...

I love stained glass! Its nice to see old crafts being continued.

Ali

@eloh said...

A new family heirloom...beautiful.

Kathleen Ellis said...

Wow! that is beautiful...she has paid great attention to detail! What a special piece to display.
Have a great weekend.
;-D

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

My daughter took a class on stained glass and loved it. She's turned out some pretty awesome things. I'm hoping for one of them for Christmas. Stained glass is fascinating.

Jane said...

Gorgeous!

I used to do stained glass a whole lot...then just stopped. Not sure if I got bored with it or busy with other stuff.

I took a bunch of classes & even took private lessons. I also took classes on fusing, lampworking, slumping, mosaics. Everything but what I really really want to do when I grow up - glass blowing.

Either way, I got an attic slam full of glass supplies. My husband keeps threatening to sell it off (NO! Don't you dare dear hubby!!) in order to get me to resume making some projects again.

I will eventually, in my own good time. Think I just got frustrated with it all - it's a perfectionist's downfall.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lori, that is just so neat! I know you will enjoy having it in your home.

Have fun while you're away...

XO,

Sheila :-)

MiMi said...

I didn't know any of that stuff! Holy crap, it sounds hard, but your piece is AMAZING!!! Love it.

Joanne said...

That is truly truly beautiful. Back many many years ago I did stained glass art -- I have a lot of patience but not enough for the exact science of stained glass. I so appreciate the work that goes into a lovely piece like the one you own - ENJOY!!!

mbkatc230 said...

Wow Lori, this is fabulous. What a gorgeous piece, and the detail is amazing. I had no idea how intricate this art was. I'll be even more appreciative when I see stained glass in the future. Just a beautiful work, and I think the wine room idea is the perfect way to display it. Have a great weekend. Kathy

Kathleen said...

It really is beautiful, a work of art for sure.
Is it ok to drink diet soda in your wine room? :)

Elizabeth said...

Wow, those are gorgeous! My father used to make stained glass items (lamps, window hangings, etc.), so I know it's very time-consuming, detailed work. Heidi does amazing work!

Janice said...

Absolutely beautiful Lori!!! Stained glass can really add to any decor.

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