Saturday, 7 November 2015

Metropolis piece, leaded up

I never thought I'd see the day! I've finally gotten all of the firings done on the Metropolis piece and got it leaded up yesterday. I'm pleased with how it came out.

"Metropolis" painted and fired stained glass by Maria McMahon
Detail, "Metropolis" painted and fired stained glass by Maria McMahon
It's the biggest panel I've ever made, over a meter tall. I'm going back to the studio today to cement this piece, the repaired Dragon and Girl piece, (I don't know if I mentioned, the wing piece of the dragon got broken when the piece was being framed. So I had to take it apart, re-do the wing, and get it all leaded up again. I finished it all yesterday as well) and the four angels playing instruments panels I made for the Parade Artists Christmas show

"Adeste Fidelis," painted, enamelled and fired stained glass by Maria McMahon
The four angels are on flash glass, which was acid-etched and then painted & fired. I added enamels on the dresses and hair, and silver stain on the halos and stars. Unfortunately the picture really doesn't do it justice, I'll have to take more pictures after I get them all cemented and cleaned.

So, the Christmas show, It's the first time I'll be showing my work in public! I'm going to be showing the four angels, the Metropolis piece, the Dragon and Girl piece, and several sea shells pieces (which The Scotsman is busy framing, he's so cool!) Last but not least, I'm also going to be selling these snowflake pieces I've made with acid-etched flash glass and textured glass:

Hopefully someone will buy something! Wish me luck....
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Monday, 7 September 2015

She sells sea shells

Hi all, I've been working away on several projects in the studio. One of my most recent projects is a series of panels in the Tiffany style. These panels incorporate antique glass and limpet shells I gathered on the beaches of Scotland, mostly on the west coast and Inner Hebrides islands.

This is the first one I made, it is not exactly square and is more of a proof of concept than anything:

Scottish sea shells proof of concept panel by Maria McMahon
I had a talk with The Scotsman about how I could more easily get the panel straight and square, so he built me an adjustable wooden jig (how I do love that man).

The jig allows me to lay out the coppered shells and glass pieces in a perfectly squared space and solder them in place, knowing that the angles were all straight. The second piece came out a lot more exact (although unfortunately the photo did not!):

Scottish sea shells panel by Maria McMahon

Here are the two pieces together, for comparison:

Scottish sea shell panels by Maria McMahon
I'll be making lots more of these for the Christmas show, I hope someone wants to buy one (or several.) Wish me luck!

Still plugging away on the Metropolis piece, I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with that one. I think it's a few more firings away, then I just have to lead it up and figure out how I want to display it. Maybe I'll get The Scotsman to build a light box for it? Pin It Now!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Metropolis stained glass - More Work in Progress Pix

Hi all, it's been a while! I've been getting back into the studio on weekends recently (had to take some time off due to circumstances beyond my control.) The Metropolis piece is very nearly ready to lead up. Here are the latest work in progress images:

Detail, "Metropolis" painted and fired stained glass by Maria McMahon

Detail, "Metropolis" painted and fired stained glass by Maria McMahon

"Metropolis" painted and fired stained glass by Maria McMahon

Detail, "Metropolis" painted and fired stained glass by Maria McMahon
I re-did the background, as the multiple slanting pieces I had originally cut were going to be impossible to line up correctly when it was time to lead up.

I'll post more when this piece is finally done!

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