Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Small Manti Temple Stained Glass for a Boy Scout Fund Raiser Auction Piece

This is a small stained glass picture of the Manti Utah temple that I made for an auction for the Boy Scouts in my ward.  It is a little smaller than my regular temples at just under 17" x 11"  Sorry about the orientation of the pictures, I'm going to try and fix them when I get more time.  This was the first picture I deliberately made very squiggly lines.  I think it adds a lot to the picture especially when there are limited pieces like in this piece.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stained Glass Timpanogos Temple

Here is a stained glass picture of the LDS Timpanogos Temple.  The glass is 44" tall by 33 1/2" wide.  The frame ads about 5 inches to each side.  It has over 830 pieces.  It is the biggest single piece I have done (the door doesn't count because it was made up of 10 pannels)  It has a light box included and can be plugged in to light it up.  This item is for sale!.  I have finally had some time to make some stained glass that I can sell instead of giving away for a wedding  or Christmas present.  I'll be putting this in the Sanpete County fair and then in the Utah State Fair so that I can hopefully drum up some business.

Update:  This piece won "Best In Show" at the Utah State Fair  this fall.  That was exciting.  It is now for sale on my Etsy store.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Stained Glass American Flag

We have a family reunion coming up and we are supposed to bring an item to be auctioned off as a fund raiser.  I decided to do a little stained glass piece.  While I was thinking about what design to use, I found some beveled glass kits that I had forgotten I had bought a couple of years ago.  I found them at a thrift store and didn't have a specific project in mind for them, but the price was good, so I bought them.  One of the sets was a set of four stars made up of five little kite shaped pieces.  I decided that they would look great as stars in a flag.  I guess I was right because I think they look wonderful.

Like the last few pictures I have made, I decided to put the glass in a frame with a light box attached.  This frame is all made of  reclaimed barn wood that we saved from getting burned last year. The LED back light always makes the picture pop.  

I also decided to make one of my cool collapsible stands to show case it off.  The sides of the stand are barn wood and the stringers are made from pallets and the whole thing is held together by wooden wedged pins (also from pallets).  The LEDs I ordered online, but the power supply I picked up from a thrift store.

The kids all thought it looked cool lit up.

We had to turn off the lights to see the wonderful glow it gives off.  It is a lot like when we carve jack o lanterns:  the kids all have to turn off the lights and put candles inside just so they can see what they look like.

The beveled glass stars made a neat light pattern on the table.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Stained Glass Salt Lake Temple

Stained glass Salt Lake Temple in the light box frame

Every year at Christmas we rotate through our siblings on who we buy presents for.  In the past I have been giving each sibling a stained glass picture of the temple where they were married.  This year we had my wife's sister Elizabeth.  At first we thought we had her brother Jonathan, for whom I made a Manti Temple picture as a wedding gift a few years ago, so I thought I was off the hook as far as making a large stained glass project for Christmas.  Come to find out just a little too late that we had Elisabeth instead. She and her husband were married years ago in the Salt Lake Temple.  So, for Christmas I made them a stained glass picture of the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  I had just finished my second version of the Salt Lake Temple which I think was my best work yet, but was a huge undertaking.  I needed to come up with a much easier design because of the time constraint.  I ended up with a still stunning straight on view from the east side with a basic  coined diamond breakup for the sky.  It ended up with about 100 more pieces than I wanted originally, but they were pretty much straight forward cuts so it wasn't that bad. Again, As I have done in th elast few pieces, I put it in a light box frame.