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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Discover Modular Method Gallery Glass

If I were to pick an "all time favorite" customer pick window design, it would be the Magnolias and Azaleas bay window on the cover of New Ways with Windows, #9390 by Jacque Hennington, Jan Cumber and Laura Brunson published in 1997. The reason that I selected this particular window is because it is the design that I most often saw re-created in the pictures that I received from viewers through the years. Although I don't care for the way the book was photographed--against a white wall with no landscape showing through--I have to admit that it is one of the most popular kits that we ever sold on TV. So I decided to preserve it for all time--here on the blog. I'm not planning to include the patterns because you can print out and enlarge them following the instructions on the message board on the right side of the home page. However, I HAVE the patterns and color keys, if you are interested in a particular design, email me or leave a comment. One of the reasons for the popularity of the book is because the designers did a wonderful job of applying the modular method to many different design themes. Some are more simple, but some are technical masterpieces. NOTE: All the designs would be easier to do on a plastic insert--but they are possible to do as suncatchers held in place with Crystal Clear. The big advantage is that the patterns can be adjusted to fit ANY window!
Magnolias and Azaleas - This floral border is the focal point of this bay window. It's appropriate for formal or casual spaces.
Paint the background between vine and the window frame with Crystal Clear using a bumpy technique.
Paint the area in the center with Clear Frost, using comma strokes and a bristle brush.
Use mirror images of the azalea blossom for variety.
Use straight lines of leading or Redi-Lead to form the geometric design in the center panel. Use curved lines to connect design elements and to divide the area between the floral design and the frame.
Gallery Glass Window Colors used: Cocoa Brown 16007, Cameo Ivory 16003, Snow White 16002, Magenta Royale 16017, Ivy Green 16024, Kelly Green 16008, Amber 16020, Crystal Clear 16001, Clear Frost 16022.

Trailing Ivy - This is probably the easiest modular motif to do because it is just 3 different sizes of ivy leaves which can be linked together with Redi-lead. Lead and paint about 57 leaves and you're done. The design includes individual ivy leaves and groupings of various sizes. Leaves may also be mirror imaged to add variety to the design. When making leaf designs, swirl the leaf colors together without fully blending the colors far a marbleized effect. Position the leaves randomly on the window, placing the larger leaves first and using the smaller leaves and tendrils to fill the gaps and tie the designs together with Redi-Lead or squeeze out a page of straight strips and curlicues to peel up and fill in the gaps. The design was painted with Kelly Green 16008, Cameo Ivory 16003 and Crystal Clear 16001. Below are some alternate arrangements for front doors and sidelights. Paint a clear background, or you can have more privacy by brushing on Etching Medium around all the leaves. If privacy is not an issue--leave the background unpainted. The leaves are nice--all by themselves.

Elegant Clusters - Bring the lush colors of the vineyard indoors with this grapevine design. The numbers of grapes and leaves can be varied according to the size of the window. Swirl the leaf colors together without fully blending. When the individual components have cured, place them in a random pattern across the window. Use the leaves and tendrils to fill in small empty areas and tie the design together. Paint the background with Crystal Clear, using a bristle brush and a comma stroke. Let dry, then over-brush on comma strokes of Clear Frost.
Below you will find an alternate arrangement for a set of French Doors. The arrangement would also look great on clear glass cabinet doors.
The grape motif would also look great on a bay window. Use tendrils of leading to fill in the design.
Perhaps the most important aspect of customizing a design to your window is SCALE. Size the grape clusters to the right proportion for your project. Your eye will tell you when they are the right size.

 Amethyst 16014, Ivy Green 16024, Slate Blue 16013, Cameo Ivory 16003, Cocoa Brown 16007, Clear Frost 16022, Crystal Clear 16001

Pond Life - Water Lilies & Critters Bathroom Window - When you look at this gorgeous window, it is hard to believe that it was done with the modular technique. However, by arranging the 11 design components in various ways, intricate windows can be created. This window used all the design components, but using fewer pieces can be just as effective on a smaller window as shown by the diagrams.
On some frogs, turtles, and dragonflies, swirl contrasting colors together without blending them. On others dot a contrasting color on top without mixing.
Create the border first because it is easier to create directly on the window rather than as separate elements. Paint the lattice, alternating Pearl White and Snow White. Apply Crystal Clear with a brush as a background.
After placing all the design components, use leading strips to connect the pieces and to create ripples in the pond water area. Alternate the blues and Kelly Green swirled together horizontally. Comb in a horizontal direction. Fill in the background with Crystal Clear leaving it bumpy.
Colors used for the Pond are: Crystal Clear 16001, Snow White 16002, Cameo Ivory 16003, Sunny Yellow 16004, Cocoa Brown 16007, Kelly Green 16008, Blue Diamond 16011, Slate Blue 16013, Amber 16020, White Pearl 16021, Clear Frost 16022.

Peacock Door - These stylized peacock feathers complement a variety of interior decorating styles, from Victorian to Art Deco to Modern. Here the design is shown on an entry door.
Create border first with leading strips then fill in area with the feathers. In the window shown, the border is 1.5" wide. The sections of the border are 4.5" long.
Use leading strips for the stems of the feathers.
Gold Sparkle is painted in the border with a soft brush. Crystal Clear and Clear Frost are painted between the feathers, stems and leading lines with a brush. Use a comma stroke for the Clear.
The peacock design can be adapted for a sidelight or any tall narrow window. It also works well on a fan light.
Gallery Glass colors: Clear Frost 16022, Crystal Clear 16001, Gold Sparkle 16019, Amber 16020, Cocoa Brown 16007, Emerald Green 16009, Royal Blue 16012.

 Mediterranean Sunshine - The vibrant colors of this window will give a sunny look to your kitchen, even on gloomy, cloudy days.
Use mirror image of some of the lemons so not all the designs will look alike.
When you begin placing the components, first create a simple border with leading strips like the one shown that uses Royal Blue and Snow White. This will frame the grouping and give an authentic stained glass look.
Arrange the lemons and leaves in a way that suits your window. Use leading strips to tie the design together.Paint the background with Crystal Clear, using the bumpy texture. Arrange the lemons and leaves to create a border design around a double-hung window. Or place the lemons and leaves along the bottom of the window. Gallery Glass colors: Sunny Yellow 16004, Snow White 16002, Emerald Green 16009, Crystal Clear 16001, Royal Blue 16012.

Window Garden - Flowerpot Border - Poppies, daisies, and iris can bloom in your window all year long from their terra cotta pots. The modular components were placed along the bottom of a window. The background was left unpainted.
The flowerpots and flowers can be used singly, in pairs, or as a group.
Vary the colors to coordinate with your decor.
Gallery Glass.
Gallery Glass Window Colors used:
Cocoa Brown 16007, Sunny Yellow 16004, Amethyst 16014, Kelly Green 16008, Ruby Red 16015, Orange Poppy 16005, Charcoal Black 16018, Sunny Yellow 16004.

Butterfly Window Corners - Colorful, versatile, and simple, these butterflies are joined to geometric corner designs.  Flower shapes are perfect for use as decorative corners.
Change the colors of the butterflies to match your decor.
The antennae are created with lines of leading.
Place the border first, creating the border directly on the window. You can vary the marbleized border to fit the size of your window.
After placing the butterfly, connect it to the border with leading strips.
Paint the background above the butterflies and the border squares with Crysal Clear.
Gallery Glass Window Colors used: Cocoa Brown 16007, Sunny Yellow 16004, Magenta Royale 16017, Crystal Clear 16001, Pearl White 16021, Rose Quartz 16016

I decided to scan the instructions so that you could click on them and print them out following the instructions on the message board. If you can't make it work with your printer, email me and I will send a PDF.

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