The design of this very large dining room
window is a rendition of the sun, moon and stars in stained glass.
This is a very unusual window. Repositioning some of the interior walls
of this older home left the smallish window off-center on the end wall
of the dining room. For years, the solution had been to build a partly
real, partly fake
window frame that was centered on the wall. This window frame surrounds
the whole window and part of the wall. It had always been covered with
heavy drapes to give the overall
impression of a centered window on that wall.
The switch to stained glass meant that the design would be backed by
sunlight on the left side and by a wall on the right side. This
immediately gave me the sun and moon idea and the client liked it.
The plan was
to light the night sky with LEDs. This project was unusual for me, too,
that the client was adept at working with LEDs and installed these
himself. He actually installed three strips on three different circuits
so he could light up different combinations for different lighting
effects. All of the LEDs were on dimmers, too.
This sun moon stained glass is 4 feet wide and 5 feet high. This large
size meant that steel reinforcement bars were soldered to the back side
of the artwork to ensure that the artwork was strong.
The flock of geese are made with pieces of zinc covered with solder,
then darkened with patina to match the rest of the lead and zinc. The
geese are attached with black, two-sided foam tape.
Photo to the left shows the glass pieces cut and ground and waiting to
be leaded together. In this photo you can also see that because the
width of this artwork was as large as
my work table, I had to create a second work surface that would stick
several inches beyond my work table.
Also, the sun is a 26" circle. At that size, even a simple circle is
cut in glass.
The images below were sent to me by the client. You can see how this
celestial stained glass looks very different depending on the time of
day and the mood of the owner.
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