Stained Glass private commission for a client in Birmingham.
Cutlines Glass were asked to design and manufacture a stained glass panel for the front door of a clients property, they requested bright, vivid colours and for the glass to obscure any view from outside into the internal hall.
After gathering images for inspiration which heavily centred around palm trees, palm leaves and sunsets a basic design layout was agreed and we went back to the studio to work through some ideas..
Once the client was happy and a design had been agreed, we set about cutting, painting and assembling our Sunset Palm lead light.
The yellows, oranges and reds were picked out to represent the setting sun, and the greens picked in different shades to highlight sections of each palm leaf..
I love painting glass!!!! The process is messy and I’m never fully sure what the result will be once I open that kiln… experience should tell me what to expect but I still view it as some kind of magic, never really knowing what effect I will achieve! Thankfully this project went to plan..
Firstly I added line work to each individual piece to give them more detail and so they look more like palm leaves.. I also added a thicker line in to highlight the centre stem.
Once these had been fired in the kiln and cooled down, it was time to add shading..
I painted a thick amount on, keeping to the outside edge of each piece as this is where I wanted the definition to be.. once dry I worked into the paint with a stippling brush, removing any excess and leaving the tips dark to keep it looking realistic-ish.
Again, once fired and removed from the kiln the panel was leaded, soldered, cemented and cleaned. After drying out on the bench the panel was set into a double glazed unit ready to be fitted into the clients from door.
I really like this window and the client was extremely pleased with the results.. its up there with one of my favourites! Forever to be known now as my Miami Vice window..