Heron And Stone Bridge In Stained Glass

As wildlife art in stained glass goes, herons are a bit overused, in my opinion. For that reason, I wanted to create a heron themed stained glass artwork that would be truly special.

Success! This artwork turned out so well, we're enjoying in our home until you decide to enjoy it in yours! It truly is stunning, or so my mother told me when she last visited.

The heron, the stone bridge,and the background of trees in autumn combine in a breathtaking way.

This heron stained glass artwork is copper-foiled. The incorporation of many tiny pieces of glass (over a hundred in the bridge alone) and some very odd shaped pieces makes copper foil the right choice for an artwork such as this. The process of copper foiling so many tiny and convoluted pieces of glass is very hard on my hands, especially my fingernails, but the end result is worth a few days of tender fingertips and mangled fingernails.

This artwork is 17 1/4" wide and 40 3/8" tall, including the custom made walnut frame that cannot be seen in these photos. The solder that covers all of the copper foil has been darkened with a black patina, which makes all of the leadlines look charcoal gray.

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