My latest artist collaboration: a stained glass plank for Jason Middlebrook. Come and visit my studio before it leaves for Chicago. All welcome (details below).
Above, still wrapping the armature with copper foil. Below, glasspainting.
Read other posts about Jason Middlebrook‘s stained glass plank: the early drawings; welding and fabricating a steel armature; reinforcing the armature, cladding with copper foil, modeling the tree bark, taking templates and cutting glass.
The glass on the left still has one layer of contact paper from the sandblasting. I’m painting enamel into the areas that were blasted.
Removing contact paper masks. After a little cleaning up, I kiln-fired each piece to fix the enamel permanently into the surface of the glass.
If you’re really interested, and live near enough, do come and visit my studio on Friday to see the plank before it leaves for Chicago. Time: 4-6pm, Friday Sept 5th. Where: 359 Rue Madeline, Readsboro VT 05350. Email: email@example.com or call me, area code 802, 423~5640.
Welding and grinding continues…
Richard has added reinforcing brackets at intervals around the perimeter of the armature according to the drawing to strengthen the whole armature and create a structure to support the bark of the plank.
Next, the bars, or “ferramenta” in stained glass lingo, which separate the painted glass panes. All have been cut and welded precisely according to Jason’s drawing.
The armature is complete.
Next, I began wrapping every inch of steel with copper foil. See the ribbon-like perimeter with it’s reinforcing brackets.
I used 1/.4″ thick glass cut with an irregular chamfered edge to represent the outer cambium layer of the plank (between bark and wood). I wanted this to be flush with the surface of the glass panes. Concertina-like strips of bronze fill cavities in the armature to support the bark.
This was the first experimental section of the perimeter, copper-clad and sculpted with solder to resemble tree bark.
And here’s the glasscutting almost complete. I was engrossed and didn’t take photos…
..but Richard took a shot of me making the very last template.
Each pane was cut very precisely from a rubbing made from the armature.
Jason was excited to see the glass laid out over his drawing when he arrived on Thursday to start cutting masks for the sandblasting. Each pane was then sandblasted to create an incised area that was painted and kiln-fired with black glass stainers enamel.
Here’s the glass, laid over the cartoon. Today I’ve been glasspainting…. more photos to follow!