Monday, May 21, 2018

Client Response from Transom Window

After installing the transom window I heard from the owners and they talked about how much they loved the window.  I asked them to write something pertaining to the process and this is their response:

Isaac kept our vision in focus all the time and was very easy to work

with; answering all of our questions, explaining the process, and

offering his artistic advice.  We visited his studio various times to

view progress, and together, adjust/tweak/update the work as we saw it

come to fruition. We are so pleased with the outcome and are enjoying it

tremendously! Our window is the artistic touch we were looking for in

our home! Isaac created a custom piece that reflects us!

Val Hambley and Kenn Wong
Battle Ground, WA

I am very pleased that they are enjoying the window and that they will for many years to come.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Transom Panel Completed and Installed!

The arched transom stained glass panel that I have been showing different stages of is now completed and installed.

Here is a picture of the transom window above the client's front door.

And now the transom window with the stained glass panel along with some detail shots.

What a difference it made having the stained glass in place.  It softens up the grids, the lighting and really plays with the light.  The colors compliment the surroundings, the different wood tones, colors they have in their décor.  I am very pleased with the results as are the client.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hand Beveleling and Bonding Glass for Transom Window

After Cleaning the panel, I draw the center portion of the clear bevels and cut out colored glass to be hand beveled and bonded onto the clear bevels.

 The above picture shows the bevels at the first or rough stage. 3 more stages to take it through polishing.

After applying the UV adhesive, a UV lamp cures and bonds the glass together.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Starting to Clean the Panel for the Transom Window

Starting to clean the stained glass panel for the transom window.  I use a horseshoe nail to clean out the putty along the came as it oozes out during the drying process.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Puttying the Transom Window and historical use

Today I finished puttying the panel for the transom window, it now has to set up for a week or two before cleaning.  Historically this was done for stained glass windows to weather proof the window as it was the only thing blocking the outside weather from the building interior.  Today stained glass windows are either mounted on the inside against a thermopane window or suspended or sandwiched between tempered glass.  This process is still done because it fills the space that is in the channel where the glass fits in.  It also makes the panel more solid.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Soldering the Transom Window

The next step after piecing the panel together is to solder the joints.  
Initially, roughing the surface is needed followed by adding flux so the solder will flow and finally soldering.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bending the Zinc Came and Compled Piecing theTransom Panel

The last step to finishing piecing together the panel is to bend the zinc outer bar came to fit the top arch.  

After bending the came I then fit it on top of the panel, cutting the ends to fit.

The next step will be to solder the joints and then putty the whole panel.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Process of Cutting the Glass Shapes for the Transom Window

I thought I would share some of the steps in cutting the glass in the shapes needed for the Transom Window I am working on.

When using transparent glass, whether clear or colored, I set a piece on top of the shape that I will be cutting.  I draw a line on the glass over the came where the glass will set in.

Using a glass cutter I score a line into the glass over the ink line I drew out.

I break off the part not needed and repeat with the lower section.

I set the piece into the channel in the came, making sure everything fits and then draw the rest of the shape on the glass.  I draw the line to the inside of the shape from where the line is drawn out on the paper because the lines drawn on the paper is the center of the came. If I cut the glass to the exact lines on the design the whole panel would get pushed out and become too large.  

Everything fits! Next step is to add the came and work on the next piece.  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Progress for the Day on Transom Window

I had just about 2 hours to work on the panel for the transom window today.  I feel good about the progression from where I left off last week. I wanted to do more, oh well! 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Beginning Fabrication of Transom Window

I have been feeling sick this last week so I was not able to begin piecing together this window when I wanted to, but I started today which was great!
Here are a couple pictures of the progress.

I will be showing more as I keep piecing together.  There will be more color pieces and after completion I will be beveling color pieces and bonding them onto the clear bevels.  I am using 2 different clear textures, Spectrum Waterglass and GNA antique.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Bevels for Transom Window Completed

These are just a few of the bevels that I have been working on for the transom window. Now that these are completed I will begin fabricating the panel.  
Before piecing together the panel I lay out the bevels and draw the actual shape to make sure everything will fit correctly and the shape is drawn correctly.  Sometimes I have to grind some edges of the glass due to shards sticking out from the scoring/breaking process which will change the shape slightly.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Beveling Inside Curves of Glass for Transom Window

Outside curves and straight edges are completed, now it is time to bevel the inside curves using upright beveling wheels.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Hand Beveling glass pieces for Transom Window

This is the first step, roughing stage, to get the angle and width of the bevel created.  The next 3 steps are smoothing, pre polish and polish stages to get rid of the scratches in the glass.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Beginning Fabrication of Transom Window

The transom window I had discussed earlier is now at the beginning stages of fabrication.
I am starting out with cutting glass that will be hand beveled.  I start with these because sometimes the shape of them changes slightly and once completed I can draw the actual shape of them on the design before piecing the panel together. There are a few color pieces that I will be beveling a small section of to add more light play, movement and depth.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Drawing inspired by a leaf

Here are a couple of quick drawings studying the line, flow and shadows of a leaf I shared about in the previous post.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Inspiration from leaves!

I was standing at the kitchen sink and looked down at a leaf and was really inspired by the form. The curves and shadows and the flow of it, I feel inspired to create a painting.  Maybe draw some sketches first.

Monday, March 19, 2018

What to do with a Transom Window?

I received a call from a couple who have a transom window and really wanted to put something in that will improve the look of the space. It is nice in that it adds more light to the space and adding a stained glass window will really add a nice visual element to it.

The last picture shows how odd it is with the molding above the door rising above the lower sheetrock of the transom window.  We discussed filling the whole area instead of just the window(glass) portion which will be more satisfying.

I came up with a few designs after discussing with them what they like and wanted and they chose the middle one.  The second picture shows the color scheme.

This is going to be a fun one to create!  I will be showing the progress.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Adding design and privacy to arched window!

I received a text from a homeowner in Spokane, WA who wanted to add privacy and a nice design to compliment the bathroom remodel he was doing.  I had a design that he liked and I modified it to fit the shape of the window.  I would update him by sending pics of the process and finally shipping it out to Spokane from Vancouver, WA.  He was able to install it using glass clips I provided and following the steps I had sent in pictures.  
The design ties in nicely with the trees in the background.

The result is amazing!  I love how the textured glass blocks out his own roof and the neighbor's house and still provides light to the space. Here are the before and after results.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Reinvigorating a Bathroom Window!

After the Artist Studio Tour last year, someone who attended the tour called and asked for me to take a look at a bathroom window in their home that needed reinvigorating.  They had a dual pane slider and they had a shade that covered all the time because they needed privacy, but it blocked the light which they wanted.  We discussed a glass panel to be mounted on the lower half instead of the whole window so they could still open it when needed. They wanted a flowing design tying into the trees in the background.  

Here is what the window looked like.
Here are some pics after installation.  I will be taking pictures again when there is better lighting.