Here's a night-time view of the oval window which is on the side of an upstairs walk-in closet. It faces the front of the home. The window is appx. 31" high and 19" wide.
And here's the stained glass design which is in the front door of the home.
I researched and presented several bevel options to the homeowners, and this was their choice. A good one! Its a nice complement to the front door.
Before starting every new project, I made a point of thoroughly cleaning off my Homasote work surface. This is a building material used in sound-proofing. Even the smallest left-over bead of solder or shard of glass can affect the finished project.
We had already constructed an oval window identical in size and manufacture to this one. (See link to the other project at end of post). Therefore, we already had a template in stock from which to follow. Below, I've laid pieces of Manila folders side by side and taped them. This will become my working pattern from which I trace all the glass.
Here I've covered the folders with a layer of carbon paper.
With the oval template in place, I've already made extensive measurements to locate the exact center of the oval. After I've drawn those lines in, I centered the bevel cluster in the middle and outlined it. This outline becomes part of the pattern. Whenever bevels are used in any stained glass project, they must always be laid down first. They are not re-sizeable as all other glass, so they are the "master" glass pieces. For this window, the homeowners and I collaborated and decided to use clear glue chip for the areas surrounding the center bevel, and clear rough rolled glass for the border. Good choices!
Checking to see that the entire design has transferred onto the Manila folder.
The outer border of the pattern is cut with regular scissors.
Using "running pliers" to snap off a piece of straight glass.
Here's the oval with the border pieces cut and foiled, and the center bevel cluster in place.
Now I've cut the right side clear glue chip glass. I've temporarily taped together the center bevel cluster to assure that it doesn't shift while I'm making adjustments to the glue chip patterns.
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