This commission was unusual in that it was
for stained glass in two basement windows. This house has large
basement windows with large ugly window wells (meant for emergency exit
but never going to be used for that purpose). The media room slash
music studio where these two windows were located had two such windows.
The task became to create artificially lit stained glass in these two
basement windows. What made it harder still was the decision to make
these hanging stained glass panels rather than mounted. This required
that I make these two 40" square stained glass panels not only
self-supporting, but strong enough to have a lightbox attached to the
back of the stained glass.
The lightbox was made of white-surfaced masonite constructed with white
duct tape, and lit with a strip of super bright LEDs affixed around the
outer edge. Tiny strips of white pegboard had to be affixed
perpendicular to the stained glass and just behind it in order to hide
the LEDs from the viewer's eyes. I learned a lot about making
lightbox in the course of this project, and the client was
and helpful in getting it all looking good.
Photos above are
fairly accurate, although some brown glasses in the bear look too light
and the tree trunks are actually a wispy gray glass, not white as they
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The photo to the right shows these two basement stained glass windows
in the room in which they hang.
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