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abstract ocean wave stained glass


abstract ocean wave stained glass


abstract ocean wave stained glass






abstract ocean wave stained glass


abstract ocean wave stained glass


ocean wave stained glass
This abstract ocean wave stained glass window is one I did for the master bathroom of a home being remodeled extensively. The window is constructed with 3/8" lead came, except for the "bubbles," which are done with 1/4" lead came. The thick-line grid of horizontal and vertical lines was constructed with 1" H-zinc came. It was necessary to design in this rigid grid of zinc lines to give strength to this 4 foot by 6 foot window. The 1" vertical lines also hide 1/2 steel reinforcement bars that are soldered to the back side of this artwork. The image above shows the window already installed. The colors are a bit off... the reddish-brown "wave" near the bottom is actually a cathedral (see-through) gray, and the black areas near the top of the waterline are the same cathedral gray glass. Although some of the waves are done in an opaque (not see-through) offwhite glass, many of the textured clear glasses appear white as well, especially near the bottom of the image. To see a better photo of the clear textured glasses, see the one at the bottom of this page that shows the matching toilet room window.

An interesting aspect of this project is that the abstract ocean wave design was a last minute change from a completely different design, depicting ferns and bugs. The client called me just as I was getting underway with drawing the full-size pattern of the ferns and bugs design to say that she thought that design might be too colorful. She came to my studio to look at the glasses we had selected, whereupon she was sure that there was too much color for her master bathroom. I suggested that floral designs are often colorful, and the best solution might be to re-design these windows altogether. She was open to that as long as the design was more flowing than the more geometric designs I had already crafted for other places in her home. I immediately thought of this design, which I had first come up with years before as a submission for a public art project that I did not get. When I showed it to her on my computer, she was immediately smitten with the flowing aspect of the design, the option to use far less colored glass, and the way this design would complement her oversized bathtub.
 I was very glad to switch designs as I had always loved this design and hoped I would get the opportunity to use it someday.
master bathroom stained glass Because I do not relish making panels that are as big as this 4x6 foot window (they're a nightmare to make, transport, and install) and do not recommend them for stability reasons as well, I decided - early on with the ferns and bugs design - that I would make this window in two parts.

This is always a difficult option to bring off correctly, so that the transition from one panel to the next looks flawless. To begin with, I designed in the grid of thick horizontal and vertical lines (made with sturdy one-inch H zinc). This grid would not only allow for the window to be made in two pieces, it would also hide the steel support bars I intended to solder to the back side of the stained glass.
The third vertical line from the left (indicated by the white arrow) became the transition point between the two pieces. On the larger panel (the left side), I used the one-inch zinc. On the smaller panel (the right side), I used the tiniest simple-U zinc came available, so thin that it slips right into the channel in the large one-inch zinc. I also cut the last 1/2" out of the heart of the lead pieces that come up to this tiny zinc so that I could taper the height of these lead pieces to where they, too, would slide into the large H zinc. And finally, I filed down all of the solder joints along the tiny zinc so that they could slide into the large H zinc as well. The panels were so large and unwieldy that I could not check the fit between the tiny zinc on the right panel and the large zinc on the left panel, but I trusted that I had done all I could to insure the fit.
I mounted the large panel first, making sure it was securely in place so that I could push hard on the second panel, if necessary, to get it to slide into place. Fortunately, because I had measured carefully and taken the precautions outlined above, the second panel slid into the waiting channel of the first panel without much effort. And the overall fit was perfect!

> > >  The image to the right shows a matching abstract ocean wave stained glass that I did for the separate toilet room of the same master bathroom. It is also done with 1/4" and 3/8 inch lead, although this smaller example of the abstract ocean wave does not need the heavy 1"  zinc lines.

Here, too, the dark brown glass is really the same cathedral gray.

This is a good example of stained glass in an opening window. As you can see, the stained glass is mounted into the opening part of the window (without removing the clear glass that was there already) so that the option to open the window is not lost.
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