Finally, I am back doing some glasswork. Have had to step up to the plate and work again to earn some income having not had a decent one for quite some time, band so any mirrors for art exhibitions as was the focus back in 2008/9/10 have had to be placed on hold. When the second lot of stormwater swamped us, I was in the middle of constructing a wildflowers mirror the bits and pattern are still sitting in a plastic bucket!
Having undertaken a sea change, one downside is the limited space and the other not having the usual beautiful garden as a backdrop for photographing. Perhaps one day before I am too old. This has been replaced by a colour bond fence which I am afraid does not exactly compliment the leadlights. However a photo posted is better than none.
The first panel here was one of four created to match and crown existing windows. Hence the hammer glass and older Edwardian style rose design.
The second is similar to one already on this post which was made several years ago to fill a space vacated by an old air-conditioner. It was designed to compliment rather than match the other with similar shape but slight variation in the porthole effect but minus wattle but with surrounding eucalyptus flowers as appeared in the other one. The sea green and tea waterglass is proving ever popular and the recent project also incorporates this glass.
The design in the sketch below is currently in progress with family crests and art noveau flowers. This is usually how I present the concept to customers so they can see how the design might look on completion, although it can look far bolder due to the flat look given no light reflection which usually exists with glass on completion . To date I have cut in excess of 700 pieces of glass and am close to finishing. If the weather is fine towards the end of next week will be puttying or cementing them which will be a huge job given there are seven panels comprising two door panels ( as per sketch, a transom which is the bit above the door , two lower sidelights in excess of a metre long and two smaller top sidelights to make up a front door surround.
I just love a challenge and creating unique designs such as this is just fantastic! Just knowing here is no other like it in the world makes it all so worth while along with the enjoyment it brings for years to come for those who look at it each day. Thanks to all of you out there, past present and future who trust in me!