Monday, 19 May 2014

Dragon and Girl Leaded Up!

Hi all! Over the weekend I finally got my Dragon and Girl piece leaded up.

Dragon and Girl stained glass by Maria McMahon, 2014

My (amazing, talented, wonderful, and - most importantly - very patient) teacher Brian Waugh helped a lot with this process and basically prevented me (very helpfully) from making a complete botch of it. As I would almost certainly have done if I'd attempted it on my own!

Those are Brian's hands. Not pictured: Your Narrator, in fetal position on the floor, wailing.

It was a very tricky leading up job, as the acid etching and multiple firings had made some of the pieces of the glass shrink and change shape. There was lots of grinding involved and it took us several hours to get the job done.

A very tricky leading process due to glass shrinkage from multiple firings

Can I just say that, while I like the piece and everything, I'm kind of tired of looking at it? It seems like I've been working on it for the past few ages! (OK, OK, so I have been working on it for the past few ages.) That being said, I am pretty pleased with the way it came out. I felt I didn't do too bad a job of the soldering. The leafy border is nice.

Leafy Border detail, Dragon and Girl stained glass piece by Maria McMahon

 Here are some more detail shots:

Girl detail, Dragon and Girl stained glass piece by Maria McMahon, 2014

Dragon detail, Dragon and Girl stained glass piece by Maria McMahon

All that still needs to be done is to cement it, give it a final cleaning, and get a frame contructed for it. The Scotsman has very kindly agreed to make the frame. Best husband ever!

Then, hopefully I'll be able to wheedle somebody into buying it. Anybody wanna buy it? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

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  1. I might be interested in purchasing this or other of your works if you have any available for sale. Please contact me at dulcimeria@gmail.com if you are looking for a buyer. Thanks!

  2. I'm really glad I stumbled across your blog! I don't know how to use lead, just copper foil, and I'm perusing the net to get my brain wheels turning for ideas on an octopus design. Your work is really cool, I hope you keep blogging.