Animals Of The Rainforest Depicted In Laminated Art Glass

These windows are for SALE.

These Stained Glass windows, Yes, I said Stained Glass are done in a new process that started in Germany. It is a lamination process where you apply your Stained Glass to Safety Glass using a two part silicone. The process has allowed me the ability to design my windows without designing them for lead lines or structural bars. The stained glass is hand cut, hand painted, carved, and than applied to the safety glass in several layers to obtain a three dimensional effect. These windows are currently on exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. I am working on the fourth window, which is of three Monkeys.

The price is OPEN to offers, I do not have an idea on shipping. For sale are All four windows total 11 ft 1" in their existing frames and are 52" in height. The price is for all four windows. I designed the windows to be a group. I can also make you a window for your size and design. The artwork for these four windows is my design, artwork, and fabrication.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE WINDOWS


The windows were constructed using a relatively new lamination process. The material used to laminate is a two part curing silicone and vulcanize by mixing part A and part B. The silicone does not shrink during the vulcanizing process and retains its volume which makes it suitable for the lamination of glass surfaces. The silicone uses a platinum-complex catalyst. This is not your typical silicone. It will not yellow and will maintain crystal clear clarity.

The first step, after the research and artwork have been completed, is to choose the art glass to be used. I try to obtain as much of the detail I am looking for in my art through the use of the actual glass itself. It takes many hours to pick the glass to obtain my desired effect. One example would be the beautiful mouth blown background glass that flows through each window. I used the movement of this glass to resemble mist rising from the Rainforest. After the glass is picked, I then hand cut and fit precisely each piece as in traditional stained glass techniques. For these windows I also hand painted, carved, and used overlays on the glass to obtain much of the detail.

The black areas on the jaguar are done by painting them with vitreous paint and than firing the painted pieces in a kiln at approximately 1300 degrees which bonds the paint to the glass. Than I used silver stain to paint the center of the rosettes of the Jaguar and also other areas for detail and shading of the cat, which is also kiln fired.

The next technique I used was carving. For instance, the orchids. I used a mouth blown flashed glass which is blue on clear glass. The blue is carved away to reveal the clear layer underneath. Being that it is carved, it gives the appearance of being white.

To obtain the detail in the vines, I overlaid copper wire which some of I hammered flat to obtain variation of thickness in the vine.

Each window is done individually. Once the window is totally complete I then take the sub straight glass and place it over my working pattern. The entire piece is then primed with a chemical that bonds with the silicone. Any area that I do not want to bond must be masked off.

I chose to do multiple layers, to achieve a dimensional effect in these windows. There is a primary layer, a secondary layer, and in some areas a third layer not including the sub straight layer of glass. For example, the bees and some leaves are a secondary layer. Therefore, the negative space around the secondary pieces had to be carefully masked off to prevent primer from making contact with these areas.

Next is the pour. Part A and B of the silicone have to be mixed for 15 to 20 minutes and than poured onto the surface. Once the silicone has been mixed, I have roughly an hour to assemble the window. I do several dry runs before I actually pour the silicone. The following day I than must remove residual dried silicone with a razor blade. This is a very tedious job. After the window is clean it is finished and ready to be displayed.

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