One of my hobbies, stained glass. Once I saw a friend working with glass, that is when I literally fell in love. (with the crafting). I thought it was easy and that I was made to it. It took me a while to learn that it was not as easy as I thought!
Took me years to learn and I think I did it well. Here are some photos of the process of this piece, from the finished one to the starting steps.
Stained Glass Doves. (30 centimeters diameter)
The design. So very important to have good design. If it is well performed you have a pretty good chance that it will turn out good. In this step you will see if the piece is doable or impossible.
For this one,in order to keep the dove balanced I drew one and then I transport it to make 3 match.
After the drawing is finished, you make 2 copies of it on cardboard. One will be the guide for assembly and the other will be cut into pieces to be used as patterns over the glass, and the cut it.
Once all the pieces are cut they are refined (cut all excedents to make them match to the cardboard pattern), to be covered with copper foil and start putting the puzzle together, one by one….
Once they are all together, you start soldering… There are some other steps, but I will just stop here. Don’t want to get you bored with details.
Kokopelli, the flute player symbol of abundance, joy and fertility. What a better wish for this time of the year?
This is a stained glass piece I made and it is the final look. It was a challenging one because of the irregular forms on his/her body trying to resemble patches on. also the curves along the whole design. I used a technique called copper foil which virtue is that it is harder to work than using came along the glass.
It is about 70 centimeters high by 37 wide.
Often depicted as a humpbacked flute player, this mythic being has survived in recognizable form from Anasazi times to the present. There is something appealing about Kokopelli which fascinates all kinds of people, even in our modern technological age.
Long-distance trade networks and migrations from Mexico apparently helped spread cultural and religious elements, so that by 1500 A.D. fluteplayer images were also included in the Hohokam, Mogollon, and Fremont cultures, in petroglyphs (rock carving), pictographs (rock painting), kiva murals, ceramics and baskets. Today, Kokopelli is one of the Hopi kachinas, and is in many traditional stories and songs of Native Americans of the desert southwest
This is the first piece I made when I started one of my long long time hobbies. Stained glass.
Some of my work in case you may want to see is at http://www.colordeluz.com for a short time since I am shutting down that site.
A stain glass at the top of the entrance of Cafe Tacuba, a long long time restaurant in Mexico downtown. A must visit place.
Color, Light, Glass and lead oops! and dirt. This is a stained glass lamp I made some time ago, waiting to be hanged. In the meantime it serves the purpose.