Monday, October 9, 2017

Designing/Fabricating stained glass for Entryway, part 4

Drawing the sidelight panel and lining up where the lines will flow from the front door to the sidelight panels.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Designing/Fabricatiing Stained Glass for Entryway, part 3

Here is the progression on fabricating the front door panel.  The second 2 pics show details of a couple of glass textures. The last 2 pics also show the joints- the next step is soldering the joints both the front and backside of the panel. 



















Thursday, September 21, 2017

Designing/Fabricating Stained Glass for Entryway part 2

Last post I showed the design for an entryway with and without color.  The next several posts will be showing different steps in the fabrication process. This step is showing some of the color and clear pieces that have been hand beveled. If you missed seeing a previous post about hand beveling glass here is a link to the video demonstrating a little of the beveling process youtu.be/823TMbZoNDE 
Here is another link showing a glass cutting demonstration:  youtu.be/2BdC69pmsp4




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Designing for Entryway

I have a client who is remodeling their entryway and want stained glass for the front door and two sidelights.  After discussing what elements they like, the flow of the space, colors and textures of glass I drew several designs and this is the one they chose.


Here is a diagram of what the new door and sidelight window framing will be:



The stained glass will be sandwiched between tempered glass, different details such as the dimensions of the stained glass will be different from the tempered glass; need measurements of the width of framing between the sidelight glass and front door glass so the design will line up correctly and other elements.  

Here is the design with color added and textures of glass labled:



Monday, September 11, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Glass Beveling Demonstration

I have a  3 minute video posted on You Tube and Instagram demonstrating hand beveling and the different stages.
Please view http://youtu.be/823TMbZoNDE on You Tube and @isaacdsmithart on Instagram.



Finally on Instagram

It took me awhile but I am on Instagram, please follow me @isaacdsmithart 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Glass Cutting Demonstration

I posted a video on You Tube demonstrating glass cutting for stained glass and thicker glass for beveling.  Please view http://youtu.be/2BdC69pmsp4
Enjoy the demonstration and hope it helps, you can always contact me with any questions or clarification.  



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Glass Textures/colors Dancing

 We have stained glass in our window close to our bathtub and the sun was shining through, casting colors and textures on the window casing and bathtub.  They move, change, and "dance" around.  This was beautiful to watch.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

How to Create a Spectacular Entryway, Part 3

In this last part about stained glass in your entryway a big thing to look for is the details.
Does the design complement the surroundings, does it flow nicely with the space?  What type of glass is needed for privacy yet still allow light into the space?  How will the solder joints look?   

These and other details I am constantly thinking of.  I also create hand beveled glass to add into the designs.  This adds more light play to the window.  To add another step I think about the width of the bevel to add more depth movement to the design (see below pic).

When you click on this image it should enlarge so you can see the solder details which are smooth and not small clumps.  

You should want something that plays with and manipulates the light which adds interest to the space.   

Adding stained glass to your entryway and other areas in your home will create a Spectacular space which you will enjoy for many years to come!






Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stained Glass in Entryways

The first two images show before and after shots of the sidelight windows.  The client wanted the sidelights to have glasswork that ties into the door design.  I split the design in half and incorporated them into the sidelights.  The colors tie into the wood toned that were inside the home.  


 The next image is of an entryway with a design running from one sidelight to the other.  This made for an elegant entryway.  


Friday, June 23, 2017

Wheat Fields and the Palouse Inspired Design

I was responding to how I was feeling of the wheat fields and the Palouse when I created this piece.  We lived in Spokane, WA for a few years and the rolling Palouse was very beautiful.  
Blown glass as well as textured clear and colored glass were used along with hand beveled and bonded glass.




Sunday, June 11, 2017

How to Create a Spectacular Entryway! Part 2

In the previous post I showed an example of sidelight windows that are in a lot of residential entry ways.  Here is an image of another with sidelight and transom.





All of these entrances are nice, have a lot of light coming in.  But what can be done to create something Spectacular?


This makes a huge difference in the entryway!  It gives privacy yet still allowing light in the space.  It ties into the angles of the staircase  inside and hand rails outside.  It changes as the light outside changes and when the sun shines in it creates textures and colors on the adjoining walls.


Here is the before and after images of the sidelights I showed in the previous post:



Here are other entrances that have had a dramatic improvements.  With each of these there is a wonderful sense of light play, elements that tie into the surrounding space and when needed, privacy without compromising the amount of light entering the space.  In the next and last part I will explain details to look for when designing for your entryway.







Thursday, June 8, 2017

How to Create a Spectacular Entry Way! Part 1

Many homes and office spaces have entry ways that have sidelight windows and or transom windows.  These are great windows to have because of the light they bring in. They make the entry look nice and welcoming.  

In some occasions some privacy is needed due to people able to peer right into your home.  Blinds and other window coverings typically have to be custom made to fit most sizes of these types of windows, plus they obscure the much needed and wanted light.

This is one type of sidelight that is common.  Others include glass without the vinyl grid between the glass, as well as a transom above the door.

In office spaces and businesses there are varying entry ways with side lights and transom windows.  There are different ways that can enhance and really create a welcoming entry for both offices/businesses and residential space.  

In the next post I will show examples of what can be done to create a Spectacular entry way!




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.