Stained Glass Cardinal

I used to think of glass as an unyielding medium. Boy, was I wrong!

Glass-on-glass cardinal. I was so excited when I finished it that I wanted to take a photo right away so I could post it. That’s my sweet husband’s thumb on the left, patiently holding my art up to the window while I took the photo.

Learning how to make something with stained glass had been on my bucket list for decades. So, I finally took a class on how to make a sun-catcher. While I enjoyed the class, and was very proud of my finished product, I wasn’t convinced that stained glass was my “thing.” That said, I spent hours and hours wandering through Pinterest and found myself captivated and inspired by the photos of stained glass art. Sometimes you have to try something more than once to really get a taste for it, right? Well, three or four stained glass workshops later, I’m hooked!

Back to my statement about glass being unyielding: once you learn the basics of cutting glass, you can make it take on any shape you want. This cardinal, (shown above) which I made today in a workshop led by Cindy Laneville, well-known Ottawa Valley stained glass artist, demonstrates beautifully how glass can be manipulated with a couple of simple hand tools.

I hope this inspires you to try something new. Check your bucket list and just go for it!

Glass-on-glass mosaic: Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire

Yesterday, I took my second glass-on-glass workshop and loved every minute of it. After signing up for it last fall, I spent the next few months researching ideas on Pinterest, hoping to find a project idea that would excite me. No luck.

The day of the workshop came and, I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I just knew I couldn’t start a project that wasn’t fueled by passion. And then, inspiration came to me: this mosaic would symbolize the way I feel about life, and I would call it Earth, wind and fire. Earth, because we need to be grounded and create a solid foundation on which to build our lives; wind, because we need to be able to bend with the twists and turns of life; fire, because we must find and follow our passions.

Earth, Wind and Fire, being only my second attempt at glass-on-glass mosaic, leaves much to be desired from a technical point of view. That said, I gave myself the freedom to run with my inspiration, no inhibitions, no rules, no boundaries, no one to please but myself. I’m already looking forward to my next mosaic adventure. Please note that the the photo above was taken immediately after I finished it; it was too soon to stand it up, so we laid it on a big white sheet of paper on the work table. It looks so much better with the sunlight streaming through it.

Here are a few random photos of the project bits and pieces…

earth-wind-and-fire-glass_pe

With my vintage window already chosen, I then picked out my glass–one sheet for each of the three elements: earth, wind and fire.

 

 

 

 

 

earth-wind-and-fire-glass-baubles_pe

Then, I selected some glass baubles that would work with the wind and earth elements of my design. In the end, I didn’t use them all, but it’s always good to have more than you need.

 

 

 

 

earth-wind-and-fire-getting-started_pe

Finally, down to business. Naturally, I started with the earth section, the foundation on which to build my inspiration.

I hope this inspires you to throw caution to the wind and uncage your creativity.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will stop in again soon!