These two art deco stained glass cabinet
door inserts were custom ordered by a couple in Texas. The photo you
see above was taken before I shipped these panels off to the
clients. There is a photo farther down on this web page showing these
art deco stained
glass panels mounted in their final setting.
The husband is a woodworker who made a china cabinet
his wife, and they wanted stained glass to finish off the
cabinet doors. The colors were chosen to match their decor. There are
two glasses in the central part of these panels; seven 6-inch square
bevels surrounded by a softly textured clear glass with an "antique"
texture. Antique glass is one of the softest textures available, and
was chosen to be used here because it would add a softness to the
contents of the cabinet while not completely obscurring
the view of the prized china pieces that will sit on the shelves in
For all of the colors we chose opaque glasses. Opaque means
see-through. Opaque glasses are best in a situation like this
because they show up best when light bounces off the front of
them rather than when light is passing through them. That's best for a
cabinet situation where no sunlight or artificial light will be coming
through the stained glass.
the glasses were chosen to look good in a cabinet rather than a window,
the darker browns and greens all
look black in the photo above.
The detail photo to the right shows the panels with no light
coming through them, so the colors show up better. This photo also
shows the lead, zinc and solder darkened with a chemical
Although the zinc around the outside edge does not take the patina as
well as the lead and solder, this outer zinc will be totally hidden
once these art deco stained glass panels are mounted in their
respective cabinet doors.
As well as U-zinc around the outer edges, I used H-zinc for the long
vertical lines in the interior. This adds extra strength in a situation
where more handling occurs over time than with a stained glass artwork
mounted in a window. Also, I puttied these panels (an additional step I
rarely think is necessary) for that same reason, because
doors will be handled more than stained glass mounted (or merely
hanging) in a window.
here is a photo of
these art deco stained glass cabinet doors mounted in the client's
china cabinet. I can state with confidence that there is now one more
person in the world who understands the difficulty of taking
of stained glass !
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