Sunday, June 17, 2012

Glasgow Rose Transom

  I completed another transom for our home. I promised I wouldn't cover every window in the place with stained glass, a vow I'm having difficulty keeping. But the dining room transom really doesn't provide much of a view.
  I started innocently enough. I wanted a slogan piece for the dining room wall, in keeping with the Arts And Crafts style of the house...something simple and heartfelt. I decided to do a redwork embroidery design, using a pattern adapted from a stained glass pattern book, Sidelights, Fanlights And Transoms (Ed Sibbet Jr/Dover Press) .  When I was done, Ed made a frame and we hung it up.
   It was at that point I began plotting one more stained glass panel for the house. I mean, what's the harm in a transom panel that doesn't obstruct a view? I decided to repeat the same Glasgow Rose design in the panel. The existing transom had divided lights, so I needed to work the design around those. The problem was that the individual lights weren't equal, so each section had to be tweaked just a little bit. Finally I had it dialed in and began cutting glass.
Each of the green vertical rectangle pieces had a clear beveled piece on either side. When all the pieces were cut and on the board, I realized I didn't like those green pieces in there, so I pulled them out and replaced them with another clear beveled piece.
Maybe because the sections weren't completely equal size, but this seemed to be more pleasing to the eye.

    After foiling and soldering, I spent what seemed like hours cleaning the glass. Then Ed very kindly installed it for me. It fits the mood of the house very well. Nice clean lines, not too fussy. This window faces east and the morning sun (when we actually have sun) delivers a lovely bouquet of roses into the dining room.