stained glass version of the Chinese symbol for Luck is currently for
sale. This artwork was as hard to
make as it now is to photograph. I'm sure I will replace these photos
with better ones when I am able to get some.
While this first photo might impress you, wait until you scroll down
farther on this page and you will see all that is missing in this photo.
This artwork is made with 1/4" and 1/8" lead came. The extensive spiral
overlays are made from lead and backed with brass wire to make them
strong. The dark blue-green border looks right here... none of the
other colors do.
You may not believe it, but this is the same artwork ====>
This photograph correctly shows the swirled peach background glass
and the light gold pieces (both of which looked totally white in the
The luck symbol at the center of this design is an olive green which also looks about right in this
The idea for this artwork came from an image I found while doing research online, and subsequently bought the rights to from dreamstime.com.
Keep scrolling down. More photos below.
These next 3 photos give a
glimpse of how hard this design was to make in stained
This photo shows the
pieces of glass laid out and ready to be leaded
into place. There were a lot of inside points in this project, that is,
places where a 90-degree indentation had to be ground into the glass (I
don't use a glass bandsaw). In some places there were two of these next
to each other, requiring a small square to be ground out of the
neighboring glass. As with all of my artworks, I cut all of the pieces
before starting the construction phase. For this project, my accuracy
was right on, and I did not have to re-cut any of the pieces while
putting this one together.
next photo shows the process of leading the pieces of glass into place.
Every inside point required cutting two pieces of lead at 45-degree
While I don't usually build my artworks on a full sized pattern of the
design, I do make a pattern of the circular lines for a complex project like
this one. Building it on top of the drawn circular lines ensures that everything
comes out perfect.
is another view of the lead construction phase. After this is
completed, the joints where leadlines meet are soldered. This is
followed by the making of many overlays, which are also soldered into
One more photo below...
last photo shows this Chinese Luck Symbol in stained glass as it
appears hanging in my living room window. I added it at the end because
it does not correctly show many of the glasses.
The stained glass measures 30" in diameter. The custom made oak frame
brings the overall size to 34.5". The oak frame is oiled, bringing out
the natual grain of the wood. The frame can still be stained. Options
there are wood colors like walnut-brown or mahogany-red, or just about
any color including almost black. A frame like this could also be painted or lacquered. Staining would be
included in the purchase price; paint or lacquer would cost a bit more.
This artwork is $3200.00. Contact me for a quote that includes insured
shipping. If you live within 200 miles of Denver, I will deliver and
hang it for free. Everyone else gets as much consultation as needed to
walk them through the hanging process.
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