Tag: New Work

The Turner Transom: Getting Started

We’re happy to have done the work we’ve done, but we’re far from sad that there’s more work for us to do–like a new project we’ve begun that we’re calling the Turner Transom. For this project, we were approached by our clients, folks who have some property in our own beautiful Texas Hill Country. They asked about our putting together a transom window so they can get a little more of the kindly sunlight for which–along with wildflowers, barbeque, and high school football–our part of the world is rightly known. They gave us the dimensions of the piece we’ll need to make–36 x 12 inches–and we took our first steps: drafting a design:

We’ve got software that helps us make this kind of thing happen.
Turner Transom Design by Kevin Elliott is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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We ran that by the client and got the approval to start work on it–because we don’t get going on a custom piece for any client without their input and approval. For us, for a piece like this–one we’ll be putting into a metal frame, since a transom stands a good chance of needing to take some stresses–moves from a design draft to what we call a cartoon. That is, we print the layout out at full size, because having something in hand is a whole ‘nother thing from seeing it on a screen, and working in glass is as much about the feel of it as about anything else. That much done, we began making our reference pieces, giving ourselves something to lay under glass or over it so that we can get a good view of how the individual pieces will work with the specific glass we’ll end up using:

How we’ve got it on the shop table as this post gets written. Photo by Kevin Elliott.

This part of the process is important for _ reasons. For one, it gives us a standing visual aid as we compile a piece of visual art; seeing what we’re doing while we’re doing it helps us make sure it’s done right. Architects and engineers work from blueprints, writers work from notes, and painters work from sketches; we take our cues from other arts to work in our own. For another, each piece of glass–not only the ones we make, but the materials from which we make them–is unique. Not every piece of blue glass, not even every piece from a single production run, will look exactly the same, for example, and making those differences make sense in a transom window–or any other panel–demands care and attention that we’re more than happy to give.

As with the Smith Panel Combination about which we posted previously, we’ll keep putting out updates about our work on the current project. We think it’s important to bring people into what we do, show a bit of the expertise and experience that goes into crafting works of stained glass that will add to a home’s value and enrich the lives of those who live in it–and we hope you continue to enjoy the ride!

We’d love to work with you, too! Please, give us a call at 830-890-1509, or message us via our “Contacts” page or the form below; let’s talk about meeting your stained glass and art glass needs and getting you your heart’s desire!

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Other Work

A┬álot of the work we’ve been doing has taken the form of repair and adjustment of such large pieces as front doors, cabinet inserts, and window panels. But we got started on the back porch, putting together little suncatchers, commemorative pieces, and standing figures that hang inside windows and sit on shelves, catching the light that comes in and shining brilliantly, beautifully. It’s good to go back to that kind of thing now and again–and we’ve done that!

When we’ve done live shows, such pieces have been popular. (For good reason–they make excellent gifts, for one thing!) Also popular have been our school- and activity-related work, like the piece below–and we’ll note that when we do these kinds of projects, we work hard to get the colors and textures of glass just right. Details matter, after all!

We’re going to keep working on this kind of thing, so if you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you! Please, give us a call at 830-890-1509, or message us via our “Contacts” page to see what all we can do for you!

The Smith Panel Combination: Getting Started

We’re proud of the work that we do, and we want to share that work with you! So, as we’re getting started on a new project, we figured we’d bring you along for the ride and show you something of a work-in-progress view of things as a new repair and alteration job gets started. This’ll be the first in what we hope is a series of posts that’ll show you how we go about doing what we do–and what we can do for you!

The project, which we’re calling the Smith Panel Combination, is a fairly typical project for us in some respects. Our client has some older stained glass pieces that need some repair. In the photos below, taken in our shop after we got them home, a few bits of glass that’ve cracked show up. Too, the panels, done almost entirely in Tiffany-style, show some bowing where the glass has clearly been subjected to flexion and other pressures–and where it will break if something’s not done.

A couple of complications are already evident. One is the sheer size of the panels, given their construction; they’re large pieces, and the technique used to build them in the first place is one we’d normally only apply to smaller works or smaller components of larger pieces. We’ll be addressing some of that as we move through the work; we want to be sure that the piece we return to the client will hold up over time and be something that the client’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren can look at and still see the beauty of the light coming through the class.

The other major complication is that, although the panels are akin, they are currently separate pieces–and the client wants them combined into one larger window, framed in cedar, for installation. Again, the pieces are akin; they clearly already belong together. However, they’re not designed, in themselves, to be two pieces of a single whole; harmonizing them to fit together will be an artistic challenge. But we’re ready to face that; indeed, we welcome the chance to show what we can do!

Please, give us a call at 830-890-1509, or message us via our “Contacts” page; we’d love to talk about meeting your stained glass and art glass needs!

Read about the continued progress of this project here!

Selections to the Cabinets

As we continue to try to keep you abreast of work we’ve done, we’re looking back at some of our projects in the past several months. A few of them have taken the form of working on cabinet inserts, beautifying kitchen spaces for our friends and neighbors in the Greater Kerrville area and beyond. The Clausewitz Cabinets were among them; the folks we did the work for had had some cabinet work done in their home, and they were fond of the inserts they’d had before. The only problem was that those inserts were too small for the new cabinets! Fortunately, we were able to add some expansion panels to them, letting the folks keep things they’d loved before as they got into things they were coming to love now:

The broader came you see holding the original central panel in place is some of the zinc came we’ve noted before; a kitchen cabinet has to get opened and shut often, and sometimes with a fair bit of vigor, so it has to be able to stand up to use. The clear panels at top and bottom allow for ease of viewing, while the beveled panels to the sides add visual interest while still foregrounding the original etched glass. The folks we did the work for seem to be happy with it, and we’re pleased with the performance, too!

We had another couple of unrelated pieces come in, too. They’ll speak for themselves:

We hope you like them; maybe you’d like something like them for your own? If so, give us a call or send us a message at 830-890-1509, or email us at heartsdesirestainedglass@gmail.com; we’d love to hear from you, and we’d love more to work with you!