I posted about some Modern Stained Glass Triangles I made a few weeks ago. These pieces were all foiled glass, a process I had done once before for my dad. I knew I wanted to make another grey piece for my kitchen as soon as I started on the triangles.
What to make wasn’t too hard to come up with. Frank Lloyd Wright has some amazing glass work so I studied a few of his pieces and made my own template for a specific window. Unlike the triangles, I made this one by hand with a ruler and some sharpie. Low fidelity.
I was so so excited to get started on this and showed it off to another glass group who suggested I lead the glass instead of foiling it. I hadn’t leaded before, but was up for a new challenge. And it kept better with the style of Frank Lloyd Wright and his glasswork. I cut out all the class in two days. It was an easy to do because you basically just did two of each piece to create the final number.
After the grinding, I started the leading process. Leading is a lot like putting a puzzle together. You kind of have to think about each piece BEFORE you lay it out – a process I am very used to with letterpress. It already looks a lot cleaner at this stage than the foiling does.
Here I am, hard at work, fitting the tiny pieces together. When you have it all locked up, all you have to do is solder the joints instead of the entire line connecting the glass.
Here was the original concept I drew in the window, and the final glass paired next to it!
And here it is in my kitchen! I still need to patina the edges and get some clear fishing line to hang it, but I am so so happy with the results. With leading, there is a whole extra step of rubbing a putty in the joints to make it weather proof. I purposely didn’t want to install the glass in case I do leave this house, but it does fit so perfect where it is.
And a close up from the side where you can see my silly butcher twine holding it on!
And a final detail shot. Here you really begin to see the texture variations in all the clears and the frosted glass bits. That crackle at the top was some free glass that I fell in love with!
I don’t have a lot of time to do stained glass, but will certainly plan on continuing to do it in the future now that I feel even more confident in my skills.