Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Merry Christmas week and Happy New Year

2010 will soon be here. Isn't it amazing just how fast 2009 went by.

Several new projects are on the drawing board for 2010, and a few to clear from 2009.

We are awaiting the arrival of our newest grand daughter as I type. I have designed this mirror for her room.

I have decided that all the grand children will receive a stained glass or mosaic piece that I have designed for them. This way they will have something that will out last any of the store bought toys that they always seem to be looking for. I will attempt to design something that will bridge any age and or color scheme that they may change their rooms to, as they go through all the stages of their life.

Here are two other mirrors that I have been working on. The patterns came from "The Ultimate Pattern Book" volume 3, by Marianne Crivellaro. While I usually design most of my own panels and mosaic pieces, I was intrigued by these "Femmes Fatales". When I saw these patterns, mirror is what came to mind. With all the young ladies on my gift list, I decided to do a series of them as gifts for next year.
Please excuse the reflections of the drawing tools which are actually hanging above the mirror on my work table.

I find this series of pattern to be fun. And what little girl wouldn't love having a fantasy mirror to glaze into.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

End of Summer

All you glass crafters, from the east coast, who follow my blog must do yourself a favor and make plans to get to Wessmach and Youghiogeny Glass, and Warner Stainedglass. They are all very worth the trip. Wonderful people to deal with and a wealth of information can be garnered, during your visit.

I had the opportunity to travel there with another glassing friend. We had a wonderful trip. While in the area we made several side trips along the way. We stopped at the sight where flight 93 went down. While a somber place, the brave actions of the group of people can be felt too. We also went to Falling Waters, one of the many homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. And we were also able to get the the Church Brew House, in Pittsburgh, an old church that was converted into a restaurant, that makes their very own brews. Each of these stops helped add to making our trip even more memorable. We met simply wonderful people each step of the way, from a gentlemen in a toll both, who actually took the time to get us directions to the restaurant we were going to, and even said if we took him alone he would pay (he was kidding of course, as he was working), to a couple in yet another meal stop who chatted with us about the states we were both from, and then there were the college kids in New Scranton who got us back on to the highway, when we made a wrong turn. When you go, be sure to get off the highway and travel some of the other roads, it was such a treat skirting back and forth from the West Virginia and Ohio sides of the mighty Ohio river, something that you wouldn't have done from the main highway.

If you plan to visit Youghiogeheny glass factory, you must give them 48 hours notice to book your tour, other wise you will only be able to purchase glass at the station location.

Unfortunately, my bubble burst because upon returning home, I came down with the flu and have not really gotten my strength back even as I type this.

Summer has come and gone and winter is approaching fast. The Christmas Fairs have begun.

I have a full plate of things coming up, 2 holiday shows and a nice commission piece for a gentlemen who loves to sail.

Above are a few of many new items that have been added for this years Christmas fairs.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"The Champ"

Had to take a break from all the sun catchers I have been doing for the fall and holiday shows, so I pulled out this pattern that I designed last year.
My grand daughter is now in her second year of swim and is pretty good at it too. I modified my original design as I didn't like the hand detail.
The panel measures 15"L x 9and 3/4" H
©Stained Glass Creations from
Designs by JFA
"The Champ" revised 7/17/2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Beveled Panel completed

At long last, she is done.
Just love this panel. It measures 26 x 26 not including the zinc. Photo does not show the true color. The red glass is water glass, the clear border is English muffle. Plan on making her twin this winter when I get all the holiday shows behind me.

©Stained Glass Creations from
Designs by JFA

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fall and Winter Show Planning time is here

Although summer just began yesterday, planning for the fall and Holiday shows has already begun.
Here are only 2 items that I will be adding to this years show items.
The sweet orange dish
only measures 3" square at the base and is 6 1/4" at the top. It can be used as a candle dish, or to hold you're sea shell collection or pot pour ri.
The fun little kite sun catcher is 6"L x 3 3/4"W. Each of these items can be made in any host of colors to suit your interior.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Here is an update on the bevel panel that was started in March.
Well at long last I have been able to get back to doing glass. I soooo missed working on it. The darned MS was teaching me to adjust my plans again.
The inner panels are now all complete. Will be completing the assembly of them and the re-strip today, so that I can move onto the border pieces.
A word to glassers following this panel. I learned the hard way that bevels within the same box, or from box to box are not all the same size. This panel has 64 bevels. The frames were cut with the strip cutter using stops, had I not done it that way, I would have been blaming my cutting, (which really I thought was the problem, until I grabbed a few different bevels, only to find out that they fit right)
The plan is, is complete the panel by this evening. Fingers crossed.

Friday, March 27, 2009

©Stained Glass Creations from Designs by JFA

The next project is shown above. It measures 28 x28. I think this one is going to be mine and hung in my studio. Well mine unless someone comes along and would like to add it to their home. LOL

Cutting the pieces was made soooo easy, using the stops from my Morton glass shop. Love having the tools to make life easier.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Progress on my saddle and barn sign project

Here is an up date on the recent project that will be being placed in a local grain supply store. The owner's have offered me the opportunity to place items relevant to their business in their store. These two pieces will be among several animal panels that I have on the drawing board including the panel of Creo. I will also be putting hummingbird feeders in the shop too. The work on these two pieces has been slow, as I am also putting together my class plans for up coming stained glass classes with will start soon. The plan is to finish these this week and start the Creo panel. Will post up dates on that panel .

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The next step

Well, I am taking my glass advneture to the next level. I am going to start teaching classes.

This step is very exciting to me.

I will be offering biginner classes in stained glass, Mosaic work and glass engraving. I will also teach design concepts if any students are interested in creating their very own patterns.

The classes will be limited to 4 students a night, so the students will get a lot attention. Fire side will add to the relaxed experience.

I will have a full inventory available of supplies, hand tools and such, a decent supply of glass.

After teaching ceramic for 7 years, I really miss the glow that students get when they complete a piece.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Nana brags again

Just have to share that my grandson has wrestled his way to the top again. He is #1 in junior varisty wrestling, this year. He was team captian for his team too. Two years ago he was New England Champ for Wrestling USA.

Good Job Ryan.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Western Designs

Here are two patterns I just designed for a local grain store. Time will tell if the accept them.

©Stained Glass Creations from Designs by JFA 1/17/2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Engraved Butterfly

This is a panel I did awhile back. It is engraved with the use of the electric dremel. A phone costomer had asked me to post an example of my engraving work.
The entire panel measures 10" x 14"

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mosaic Mirror

Here is the latest piece I am working on. The small oval inserted mirror is engraved with the saying, "A friend always understands what you mean, even without words.
The piece measures 20" L x 13 1/2" H. The center is mirror.
The turnings will be painted a different color, (not sure what yet. The grout will be white.