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Here are two examples of odd shaped
stained glass artworks, both of which hang in larger windows. This special
situation requires an advanced knowledge of the strength of the various
structural components available to the stained glass artist. Too often
I have seen stained glass artworks for sale in galleries or shops or at
craft shows that will certainly NOT stand the test of time. This is
because the artisan knows too little about what materials to use
where... whether to use lead or copper foil in the interior of the
artwork... what material to use around the exterior of the artwork...
how to add hanging loops in a way that will remain viable over time...
etc. These issues (and others) are all vital to the longevity of a
stained glass artwork.
My stained glass and beveled glass artworks are always
more than sturdy enough to remain intact, regardless of whether the
artwork will be mounted or will hang.
In the case of the artworks you see here, I
zinc cames in the interior as well as lead cames. Also, the wires from
which these artworks hang actually attach to the interior zinc cames and
are routed through extra eyelets (keeping the wires hidden) until they
"exit" at the top of each artwork. These extra efforts allowed me to use a very small
U-lead came (one channel versus the usual 2) around the outside of the
The artwork above was made in 1989 as a wedding present for
one of my first cousins. Some years later, a web site visitor asked
whether this artwork was available or whether I would remake it for
her. I contacted my cousins, and they were happy to let me sell it to
the other woman as long as I would make them another. This opportunity
allowed me to redesign the second artwork (at left), so it would mimic
the shape of the window in which it would hang.
I see the second version often, so I can assure you that it
has not sagged or lost its shape in any way for well over a decade.
Note: An imported glass crystal
sphere hangs on a fishing line filament in the small circular cut-out
at the center of each of these artworks. It's a bit hard to see in
these photos, but it makes a lot of rainbows in the room when
direct sunlight passes through it.
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