Friday, April 28, 2017

Unique and Elegant Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is fast approaching!  Different glass gifts would make for elegant and unique gift ideas:
Window hanging pieces:






Room Dividers:



Oil Paintings:


Combination Oil and Glass:

Contact me at Isaac@isaacdsmith.com for dimensions and pricing.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Amazing Response to Stained Glass installation

In February of this year I installed a bathroom window which I posted about, showing before and after pics.  Following is the completed window:

After a couple of months living with the window they sent me an email with this response:

Hi Isaac,
    We are absolutely loving our glass!! You captured our style and the uniqueness that we were hoping for. Your professional manner & talent are amazing. I will refer anyone interested your way.
Thank you again for such beautiful work.
    Bob & Terreca Endresen

I am very pleased that they are enjoying the piece!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Increase Light Play in Your Transom Window

A lot of homes have a transom window or windows and they seem too high for shades or too high to look out and enjoy the view.  Some look straight to a neighbor's house or through their window.  There is a great solution to providing privacy if needed and also a way to increase light play and have glass textures and colors dance around the house:  Architectural Stained Glass.


The above image shows a transom window that is on the second floor of an entryway and from different angles one can see different neighbors. 


This is after installing a stained glass window which I designed and built.  This adds so much more light play, playing with background colors, bending the light differently to create a lot more interest in the space. 


Here is an image of the window from the exterior.  Fun to see it lit up from the interior.

Detail of the bevels which were hand made with color pieces beveled and bonded on top of the clear bevel. 

I can be reached at Isaac@isaacdsmith.com or 509-280-6344 to discuss with you different options for your home or office.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Design Inspiration for Your Bathroom Window

The following example can be applied to any window in your home, in this case I am showing designs from the last project I did which was a bathroom window. 

When I first saw the space and spoke with the client, we spoke of the different elements within the space such as the circles and other elements in the tile work, I noticed how she decorated the space with bamboo, I also was looking beyond the window to what was outside.  She discussed how she wanted some privacy because of a house with a window that the occupant could possibly see in.  She also did not want to obscure all areas of the window so she could see the trees and other natural things beyond the window.

 
I listened to what her concerns were and she was open to different design concepts. 
In looking at the space I wanted to tie in the natural components of the trees/bamboo leaves and the way they flowed and to also tie in the circular elements of the tile work. 

I presented a couple of designs:
Both designs had a nice flow and I used the "branch" lines to help incorporate the circular elements within the bathroom.  She loved both designs and leaned more toward the left design.  We discussed different types of glass, where to give privacy and where to allow her to view the trees outside.  The final result turned out wonderful!  She loves the piece and it has added a lovely piece of art as well as being  functional in the sense that it gives privacy yet still adds light to the space.



I incorporated a lot of beveled glass to manipulate the light and add more definition and depth to the piece. 

This was a challenging project and resulted in a fun and elegant piece!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bathroom Window Completed!

I installed the bathroom window last week.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out.  It ties into the space very nicely.

 Top image is the before shot, next one is after install.




I look forward to getting pics of it when the sun shines through it, casting colors and textures around the space.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bathroom window continued

The following pictures is of the art glass panel pieced together and details of some of the hand beveled glass.  The next steps are to solder all the joints then cut the colored glass, and putty. Keep in mind that the look of this will be very different when it is in the actual space with natural light. 






The next few images show the colored glass cut for the center of the clear bevels, closer look at the colors, and the last image shows the beveling that will take place for all the colored pieces.




Friday, January 6, 2017

Bathroom Window

I am currently working on a glass panel to go into a bathroom window.  
This is the window in front of a bathtub.

Off to the left through the window a neighbor can see into this space.  The client wants privacy and also to be able to still enjoy seeing the trees in the upper areas of the panel. 

The dimensions are about 46 inches tall by 22 inches wide.  

The following pics show the design drawn out and glass being cut for beveling.  The second pic shows beveling in progress.




The long beveled glass in the last pic is almost 22 inches long.  Some of the sections of glass to be cut in the design showing in the middle pic are going to be very difficult to cut.  I guess I wanted to challenge myself with this project.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Artist Studio Tour

Last weekend (Nov12,13) I was part of the Clark County Artist Studio Tour. 50 artists had been selected to open their studios and sell/show their work.   I had a great time meeting new people and discussing the art.
130 guests walked through my studio!  I wish I had taken pics when it was full but I was busy talking with them.





Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Glass for Designs 3 and 4 completed!

Here are the completed panels for designs 3 and 4.

 I really enjoy the way the bevels turned out in the above triangles.  It has a lot more depth and movement changing the width of the bevel.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Designs 3 and 4


These are the last 2 designs of the hanging pieces I am making.  The triangles in the bottom one are beveled glass with colored glass beveled and bonded in the middle.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Design 2 completed!

This is a fun design, hand beveled pieces play with the light.  I did not bevel all around the shape of the glass which really adds interest and depth.  There is a zinc border which is cropped off for the pic.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Design 1 completed!

Design one is completed,  using clear textured glass in the main design and a milky glass for the background, the orange/red streaky glass is beveled to add light play and depth.  Zinc came surrounds the piece which is not pictured and a chain on top to hang it up.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Glass Design, 2 of 4

This is the second design I am working on for smaller stained glass window hanging pieces.  I will be showing pics of the glass panels as I complete them.

I drew in where I will be beveling the glass.  I am excited about this design and really like the depth and movement that the beveling will create.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Before/After beveling colored glass


The top pic shows the shapes cut and not beveled.  Below pic shows the same shapes beveled.  The colors that are in the different layers of the glass show through with the bevel.  The bevel also changes the light so the glass shimmers more.  Once these are assembled there is more depth to the overall design as will be shown once the panel is completed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Glass Design, 1 of 3

I am working on creating 3 to 4 small glass panels to hang in windows.  This is the first design and will begin choosing colors and glass textures.
Several of the pieces will be hand beveled to add light play and depth.  I really enjoy the feel of this design.