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I make a lot of gifts for people. Giving the gift of stained glass often means commissioning a unique artwork that will surely become a family heirloom. A stained glass gift can also commemorate an event or a milestone such as a wedding, a birth, or even a promotion.

When clients have particular desires concerning a possible stained glass gift, I try to accommodate their wishes. Some clients, however, are very open to my suggestions concerning this gift. When that happens, I usually suggest that a gift of stained glass does not have to be a large artwork, and that I can often achieve the clients desires in a small stained glass artwork. This not only reduces the price of the stained glass (although small does not always mean inexpensive), it also reduces the shipping costs.

In the spring of 2017, I made two small stained glass gifts almost back to back for two different clients. The first project was to be a gift for a woman who had lost her husband and was using art therapy as part of her healing process. She had apparently done some coloring in coloring books, and her friend (the client) wanted to turn one of the colored-in drawings into a stained glass.

the gift of stained glassAt the right is the original image he sent me. > > >

To stay within his budget, I decided to crop the image so the artwork would be less time-consuming to make. I started by showing him the image below showing four different ways I could crop his image; each one would fit into one of the cnc-routed wood frames I keep on hand for projects like this.
small stained glass giftHe picked the one he liked best, the third one from the left.













In the end the one he picked, including shipping, went over his budget by about $100, but he was happy to pay the price when he saw how nice the artwork would come out.

The finished artwork... butterfly stained glass





































stained glass gift from photoSoon after I completed the butterfly stained glass gift, I was contacted by a man who wanted to know if the photo of he and his wife on their tandem bicycle (> > >) could be done in stained glass. I said it could, and we discussed how the stained glass might look and what it might cost.

Once again, I suggested keeping the artwork small. The intricacy of the photo he sent meant that some parts would be left out and some would be abstracted or stylized. This, too, would help to keep the price reasonable, both in the artwork and in the shipping.

Along the way, I suggested that lettering (vinyl graphics) might make this artwork particularly meaningful. He liked the idea, and we added the lettering you see in the final artwork below... tandem bicycle stained glass


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