Stained glass Air Force symbol gift

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Project by OG51 posted 06-12-2018 12:33 AM 252 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Funny thing about working with stained glass after a long period of ignoring that hobby. You tend to bleed a lot.

I found out a friend is leaving and fairly soon. So didn’t have much time to build something intricate so had the idea of building a stained glass window for him. Initially the design had all sorts of cnc carvings and appliques but I just ran out of time. Also, after coming further along with the project the added carvings seemed a little off for the final design.

Working with stained glass requires attention to detail, precision, patience and tough fingers. I have none of those characteristics. Still, pretty okay with the end piece but it could have been a lot better if I had a little bit (okay a lot) more time.

Frame in walnut and oak corner splines.

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 10:28 AM

I’ve never seen a box with stained glass rather than the usual shadow box. Unique display. Well done – enough time or not.

-- DonB

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 12:36 PM

that looks awesome.

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#3 posted 06-12-2018 01:34 PM

I think this will look even better as the lead patinas – great job on this!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#4 posted 06-12-2018 01:52 PM

Great idea, nicely done!

-- Brian in Texas

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#5 posted 06-12-2018 02:36 PM

Wow! This is a wonderful gift and you did a great job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 06-12-2018 09:57 PM

Thanks all for the kind words. I really did rush this project. A lot of little things I would have done differently and a lot more attention to detail.

Old school woodworkers don’t read this part.

The piece is heavy (dimensions: 24”x13”) so I was concerned that the corner splines may not hold over time (the corner joints were not as clean as I would have liked for the glue joint) so I cheated and used some dark screws. No plugs because I kind of liked the look. A little industrial.

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