New Sign

admin | April 17, 2011

I finally decided to work on a wooden sign for one of my co-workers. She had been asking for a long time and I promised her one for her birthday (we share the same day). I’m a few years late -yes, I do mean “years” – and she has never let me forget that. Anyway, I knew she wanted a sign for her yard with her last name and house numbers on it. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate my love for stained glass into the sign. Several different ideas came to mind, but I never could figure out how to put it all together. Then, one day, it clicked.

Wood and Stained Glass address sign

I had the design idea and was ready to start building. Here’s where my hopes were squashed. I just couldn’t get things to fit. I spent a week in my shop trying to come up with a better way to get it to hold shape and still look good. It caused a lot of frustration (mainly because I’m a perfectionist when it comes to these things). Another co-worker helped me figure it all out (thanks go out to him). After so much effort (plus some trial and error), I completed the project. I’m not really sure if she liked it or if it will be impressive to anyone.

Wood and Stained Glass sign with light shining through

All the time that went into it really seems like overkill since the design ended up being so simple. But, I can definitely say that I learned some things that will be helpful during my next wood working project.  Either way, I’m pleased with how it turned out and that’s what matters in the end. Let me know what you guys think!

Glass Kaleidoscope

admin | December 13, 2009

This is a short video that is meant to give you an idea of what you see when looking through one of my stained glass kaleidoscopes. Honestly, it really doesn’t do the colors justice. However, it should still be fun to watch…especially if you love kaleidoscopes. I will post some still images shortly.

I may start making these stained glass kaleidoscopes to sell at some point. It definitely won’t be until after Christmas. If anyone that visits my site is interested, just send me a quick email to let me know. I’ll get back to you with more information at that time. Thanks!


two different types of stained glass kaleidoscopessingle stained glass kaleidoscopeview through end of stained glass kaleidoscopeblue view of inside of stained glass kaleidoscopeorange view of inside of stained glass kaleidoscopemulti-colored view of inside of stained glass kaleidoscope

Frame for stained glass

admin | November 12, 2009

paint or stain?

I’ve always wanted to incorporate my love of stained glass and wood working.  This project gives me the chance.  After finishing the orange/yellow flower stained glass pattern, I realized I had not gotten the edges even.  What to do?  Well, I decided to build a wooden frame to go around the outside (to hide the imperfection).  Turns out to be a great idea.  Now, I just have to decide whether to paint or stain the frame.  I currently have it held in place with clamps.  Once I decide on the appropriate finish, I’ll complete the project and post an “after” shot here.  Feel free to post your advice on how I should finish the wood…paint or stain?

Wooden Glass Rack

admin | November 12, 2009

"Before"

I’ve been wanting to build a wooden glass rack for quite a while now. I’ve needed the space to store all my stained glass until it was needed for each project. I had tried all kinds of “free” or “cheap” solutions…they just didn’t work. I could never tell what colors of glass I still had to choose from. So, I decided to build my own rack. I’ve included the “before” and “after” shots. Honestly, I’m quite impressed with myself. I ended up being a few dowels short, but can always pick up a few more at Lowes or Home Depot. Overall, this rack should work out nicely. Things really can be easy if you just put your mind to them…

"After"

Husky Stained Glass

admin | October 18, 2009

After a lot of procrastination, I’ve finally completed the siberian husky stained glass pattern.  This is one that was promised to my niece, Emily a long time ago.  She hasn’t let me forget about it so I’m sure she’ll be glad to know that it’s finished.  I am posting a picture taken outside in the fading sunlight.  Hope it shows the full effect.  I’ll let you know how Emily reacts.

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