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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Is it a Rose, or is it Gallery Glass?

It doesn't smell as good as the hybrid tea roses that grow in my yard, but they are almost as enjoyable because they don't wilt and I can enjoy them all year long. You can probably guess why I'm partial to the Yellow Rose (Texas girl), but I love the delicate shading of the Red Rose, as well. As a class project you can't go wrong by choosing roses for your group. Women will always choose the design over other flowers or abstracts and your men students will paint them--probably so that they can give them to their favorite lady. What's not to like?
These panels are similar enough that they can be put together as a set. The design is also easy enough that you won't mind duplicating them in an assortment of beautiful colors if you are making projects to sell in a bazaar or as a fundraiser.
And, of course, Mother's Day is just around the corner and we all want something unique, momorable and preferably hand made. Be sure to try pink, lavender, fuchsia, orange--and don't forget the blended colors such as the pink and yellow Peace Rose. I also love the Ruby Red shaded on the tips with the Hologram Shimmer. As a matter of fact, you can add the HS to the tips of any of the colors to give the panel an extra touch of elegance.
These 6":x9" oval designs can be adapted for an 8"x10" piece of glass from a re-purposed picture frame or out sturdy GG styrene blank by making the borders rectangular. Then you can give it to Mom with pride. It's the most sentimental gift she will get on the Day.
Also, you might think about enlarging the pattern and putting it on one of the sturdy clear plastic plates that they sell at the party store. You may even find some oval ones.
Have fun with this one. It's easy and impressive!


  1. beautiful as always Miss mentioned selling those at would you set a price on those roses you have pictured...I have had requests for folks to sell things but have no clue about how to determine prices....what do you suggest?

  2. Good question. It's impossible to suggest a fair price for a crafter's work. When I started selling projects about a million years ago, I started out pricing them at $10/sq. ft. But soon, I had more orders than I could fill, so I raised my prices to $20/sq. ft. and again, I had all the orders I wanted. So at the next craft fair, I went up to $30/sq. ft. For me, it was the right price. It made a 16"x20" panel price out at about $66 without the frame. My cost was about $6. I added on the wholesale price of the frame to the base square footage price--which paid for the plexi and the paint, leaving me a nice wage for my time. As your reputation grows, so can your prices. Luckily there is enough margin in Gallery Glass to reward you for your time. Most handcrafters in other categories such as needlework or painting, do well to get 3 or 4 times their cost for the finished project. Gallery Glass can sometimes bring up to 10 times your cost--because it just happens to resemble an artform that is much more expensive--leaded glass--and everyone knows how expensive "real" stained glass is. It's a quality we call "perceived value". The way to start your crafty career is to enter an art fair in the neighborhood and find out what people are willing to pay. If you sell out the first day, it was probably too cheap. So increase your prices at the next one.

  3. hey Miss Carol, is the patterns for those two rose paintings in one of the old Gallery Glass books? they look familiar but I cant find them in the books I have looked thru as of yet

  4. Both designs were published in a QVC Kit AD214 called Jewel Lites, printed in 1999. However, it was not a Gallery Glass book from Plaid, just the design sheet in the kit. I will probably post all the designs, as the appropriate category comes up. You're an infomed Gallery Glass historian, Bradford!

  5. jewel lites yep I remember that kit fondly and yep I have i have to find it and find the patterns LOL