At this point, I've created a Downy Woodpecker, Hummingbird with Grosbeak, Chickadee, Oriole, Junco, a pair of Cardinals, a pair of House Finches, a Titmouse and a Northern Flicker. Here are a few photos of these panels in various stages: (Note: ALL IMAGES ARE COPYRIGHT ©BOEHM STAINED GLASS STUDIO .. May not be used without express permission of artist).
As noted earlier, I've been shipping the birds to Nebraska four at a time. Here are some of the birds in their new home!
For the past few weeks, I've been working on the Towhee, Nuthatch, Lazuli Bunting, Golfinch pair, two Blue Jays (one facing right, one left).
Here are a few more photos of the process:
These bird panels are only 5-1/2" tall so some of the glass pieces are exceptionally small. Some of them also require intricate cuts which cannot be done by hand. I use an electric glass saw, an Omni Gryphon 2 which is very loud but works exceptionally well (with a lot of practice). Below, I've traced the patterns for the white breasts of the Blue Jays, and one for a Downy Woodpecker. The saw blade moves very quickly and therefore must be kept wet by the water supply which flows onto the glass from a tube behind the blade. To prevent the pattern markings from washing off, I coated them with lip balm as shown.
Here I'm wearing rubber fingers to protect my hands from cuts and to get a firmer grip on the glass. I'm slowly cutting on the black line using the Omni saw.
This gives an idea of the size of the pieces for the birds. In order for them to fit well on the patterns, sometimes multiple trips to the grinder are needed.
Some of the birds required that parts be painted on, such as with the feet of the Towhee, shown below. I drew the feet onto the pattern, then copied it onto the glass using PEBEO Glass Paint. After the paint is applied, it must have 24 hours to dry, then it is baked in a 325 degree oven for 40 minutes. Then the paint is permanent.
Using a Sharpie marker, draw small circles on a sliver of gray cathedral glass. Cut them apart. Put on your rubber fingers and grind of the corners to create circular eyes. Mark the glass above and below the eye and hold it up to the small grinder as shown, and grind in a half-circle. Do the same for the other side of the eye. Keep at it until the eye will fit after its been foiled.
You may purchase Chantal's "Backyard Bird" patterns by clicking this link.
To see a short video featuring all of the birds, please click here. All designs are copyright © Boehm Stained Glass Studio or Chantal Pare.
My next commission, also for Connie, is a larger window which features Mountain Bluebirds which are common near her home in Nebraska. Stay tuned!
Next, I'll be posting a couple of lamp repairs which I've completed recently.
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