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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gallery Glass Peacock above the entry door

I promised that I would show you some bigger projects, so at the risk of you thinking that I'm more than slightly deranged--here is the biggest picture I've ever done. It was so wide that I had to order a special piece of 6' wide plexiglas to get it large enough. Even then --getting a pattern of the palladium window was a trick because I had to stand almost on top of a 10" ladder just to press the paper all the way around. The bad news-- it wasn't very accurate and after I got the piece leaded and painted, it wouldn't fit into the opening. So I tried to trim the finished piece and force it into the opening and it cracked the plastic. I managed to wedge it into the space however, and took the picture at the bottom --from the floor. I apologize for the poor image of the window, but I think you can see that I have a very compulsive nature when it comes to using Gallery Glass in my home. 

You can see the position of the large Tiffany lamp fixture in this photograph. That's why I couldn't take a shot straight on--from the landing at the top of the stairs. From that vantage point, the fixture was square in the middle of the scene. I had to include the entire picture because you really can't appreciate what a feat this was-- without seeing the height of the entry and the LADDER I had to stand on. It frightened all the dogs and small children away. I really don't know how I did it. I was younger then. I wouldn't climb to the top of that ladder now for all the pearls in the ocean!
I'll bet you're wondering why I didn't take a picture of it before I tried to mount it. I'm wondering that myself. Unfortunately, these are the only shots that I have of the project. When I moved to another residence, we removed the plexiglas from the entry window and stored it against a wall in the basement of my present home. The crack that I mentioned above-- continued to run across the plastic under the paint--and broke completely in the middle. The top folded over and the paint on the top half of the window glued itself to the bottom half. I was pretty distraught when I found it. Can anyone think of a use for a 60" plexiglas sandwich?

4 comments:

  1. Hi Carol,
    WOW, what a beuatiful projects are these last two!!
    I'm a huge fan off Gallery Glass for years!!
    Ever since I saw you on QVC UK, I have ordered all the kits you did bring overthere!Later when you also apperaed on QVC Germany, I followed you too!!
    I'm following your blog for a year now and I'm loving it!
    Are there any new books or patterns available?
    With kind regards, Anita from The Netherlands.

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    1. Hi Anita..I"m Bradford..would love to see some pics of your work posted on here!!! I love to see what everbody is painting!!

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  2. Anita, wonderful of you to email. And thank you for the comments. These are some old projects that I haven't shared with anyone--mostly because they were not Plaid patterns, so I really couldn't show them --until the opportunity for the blog came along. Unfortunately, there are no new GG books from Plaid at the moment. However, Dover publishing is a wonderful source for patterns, although the patterns are not color keyed to Gallery Glass paints, but an experienced GG crafter can interpret them easily. If you go to http://store.doverpublications.com/ and put in "stained glass patterns" you will see many choices. The ones that I did for the last 2 GGC posts came from one of their books: Tiffany Windows Stained Glass Pattern Book ISBN 0486298531 - $8.95. Here is another good one: Tiffany Designs Stained Glass Coloring Book ISBN 048626792x - $ 6.99. If you like the Tiffany style, you will love these books that make the patterns simple to enlarge to your specifications.
    Keep in touch!

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  3. Oh Miss Carol you and your Tiffany paintings LOL..they are beautiful as always....I ordered the Tiffany GG kit you had YEARS ago on QVC and the first project I did was the peacock..did it on a 24x36 poster plastic and used the frame that came with the poster....took me about 3 months to do because I am soooo nit picky about imperfections.....had it hung on the wall for about a year but one day it fell off the wall the poster plastic that I had painted on was soooo thin that it cracked over half of the painting....it was not salvageable....luckily I did take pictures of it..and I learned a valuable lesson...use plexiglass and NOT the thin poster frame plastic!!! LESSON LEARNED!!!!!

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