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This is another in a series of stained glass . I call this “Curved Sky” because I am trying to capture the beautiful blue sky as a design element capturing with curves like a backdrop or a canvas to paint on. I used white oak for the center pole and then laminated the curve with hickory because it has no memory and will stay curved . It is 42’’ x 16’ tall. The glass shimmers with sound and it clanks together in such a poetic way it’s mesmerizing and meditative. I love the way the left side of Curve is frameless and captures the sky leading your eye into the center . A truly colorful piece that is amazing to me and I made it. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart





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#1 posted 12-13-2011 06:19 PM

Beautiful !!!!

-- Ray,Iowa

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 06:38 PM

Wow, that’s really something to see. I’ve always been fascinated by stained glass pieces. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 06:43 PM

Very Cool.
what do you use to string the pieces of glass together that won’t be affected by weather?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 07:06 PM

Jim, I was real hesitant to even show this piece for all the trade secrets for fear of plagurizing . I worked on for months agonizing how to get the glass to stay in one spot, over time problems and I solved all . I can only suggest a visit to your local fishing store and looking for special things like ball bearing swivels . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 07:20 PM

Sorry I wasn’t trying to have you expose any trade secretes .Just curious I can’t see me building anything this wonderful or even trying to.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-14-2011 12:39 AM

is it dangerous to have glass clanking around? this is so beautiful!

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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#7 posted 12-14-2011 03:25 AM

MrsN . I use stain glass for several reasons it’s color and the glass has been tempered to a high degree it make it hard . I tested two strands not in tension clanging for six months from a tree blowing in the wind the only thing that happend is it grinds the sharp edges smooth so I had my answer . All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#8 posted 12-14-2011 04:46 PM

Best wishes . I know you have fun making these !

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#9 posted 12-14-2011 05:23 PM

A lot of patience and talent can produce wonders, thank you for sharing with us once again.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 12-15-2011 08:39 PM

Another beauty in this series, Dan! I agree with you… the borderless leading edge is a wonderful visual draw.

I figured you were using snap swivels for the glass attachment. Oj! That’s a lot of hand drilling… I’m assuming… which of course would be a better attachment than gluing.* Another thought if you have access to a small ceramic kiln or glass oven… would be to sandwich a thin copper wire (looped at both ends) between two sheets and fuse them together. It would soften the edges by fire polishing and rounding, at the same time. The trick would be to use some Fiberfrax┬« (paper or durablanket) to lay them on so that they don’t stick to the kiln shelf. If you’re interested and would like more technical info… give me a PM.

Continued success with these sculptural sun/wind forms.

  • On a third re-look, It appears that you are sandwiching the glass by twisting the wire around vertically (both sides)... effective and probably easier…. certainly faster!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#11 posted 12-20-2011 06:12 PM

You gave a new meaning and scope to the traditional wind chimes, Arthouse! It’s not only beautiful, I can just imagine the “poetic” sounds it makes. Great imagination. Are you making other variations on the theme?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 12-21-2011 05:31 AM

little paw there is another one on my projects that is in the water . They all should be in water really because of the colored reflection on the water that moves with the sound of wind and nature all around; it meditative. I envision many more but I was put in a national magazine Western Art and Architecture for a piece and have been fielding calls and trying to get work to galleries in Florida, Colorado and Texas right now. I do have a large scale public art sculpture project being twelve all together going into the San Antonio river but is slowed down by the political process of approval. I ll keep you posted untill then I keep cutting . All this and Heaven too. Dan

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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