Ghost Riders In The Sky - Cowboy Themed Stained Glass

This western themed stained glass is currently for sale.

"Ghost Riders in the Sky" has always been one of my favorite folk songs. When my son was a young, I used to sing to him every night at bedtime, and this song was one that I sung so often that he eventually asked me to delete it from my repertoire. I did so, but I had, by then, memorized all of the words, which prompted me to sing it (a cappella, I might add) on a tour bus in China when our tour group was so bored with a long ride that we started singing songs we knew.

Anyway, that has little to do with why I made this ghost riders stained glass artwork in the winter of 2012...

One of the most difficult aspects of being a stained glass artist is coming up with good ideas to make in stained glass. One night I was driving in my car wondering what would be a good subject for a stained glass artwork when my iPod started playing this song. Bingo! It struck me that this might make a great subject for stained glass. I sketched out an initial design idea as soon as I got to where I was going, and continued working on the design the next day, wanting to get at least some of it figured out before the inspiration left me. The final result is the wonderful piece of cowboy stained glass you see above.

I decided to try a steel frame for this artwork, something I had not done previously. I commissioned a local welding shop to fabricate a frame out of 3/4" angle iron. It looks black in the photo above, but actually has a brushed aluminum look at this point. It could be left this way or darkened with a patina or painted or powder coated, whatever the lucky lover of cowboy art who buys this artwork would like (changes to the frame would be included int he price).

this artwork is constructed with copper foil. All of the solder-covered copper is darkened to a charcoal gray with a chemical patina.

The size of this artwork is 40" wide and 27" high, including the steel frame.

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