Finishing up this Slade Poppies panel now after adding more blooms on both sides the picture is starting to emerge, really feels like it is coming together now. I still have the seed pods and some flower centres to do but for now, I am concentrating on the remaining flowers.
Nearly there now, just have the last three flowers to do. Once every piece is cut I will then commence foiling, making any further adjustments as I proceed. The next process would be the first solder on the front of the panel. The panel is then very carefully turned over and the first solder is repeated on the rear. I would then add the 12 mm zinc framing before doing the final bead soldering of all the seams. The panel would then have to be thoroughly cleaned before the patina can be applied. Acetone can be very useful in preparing the Zinc prior to application.
Here is the completed panel, lit from behind by daylight. I am really pleased with the way this has turned out, it is so nice to be able to bring a project to fruition so long after the initial idea. Slade Poppies pattern prints full size 34.5″ x 23″ ( 880 mm x 590 mm ) on twelve sheets of A4 paper. Alternatively, you can take the PDF file to a print shop and have it printed on one sheet of paper. I can provide custom sizes and adjustments if required. Thank you for your time and interest in my work. David Kennedy
For those of you that are interested in the symbolism and meanings of poppies click here
I have called this post ” Slade Poppies Part 2 ” as it is about bringing the top and bottom section together. The second row of flowers have now been added and at this point, I am quite happy with the way things are progressing. Even so one can never be sure exactly how it’s going to look once the backlighting is introduced. The method I use is to hold the glass up to the light and make my selection before cutting and proceed that way. It’s the same system I use for all my work, something I have developed over many years. A lot of glass artists like to mount their pieces on a sheet of clear glass using Blu Tack which is then held up to the light. This provides a comprehensive preview of the panel, although it would be fairly time-consuming.
With the top and bottom sections progressing so well I have now decided to build the two sides. This will help connect the two sections together. Starting out with the right-hand side which worked out well I then moved onto the left. I have also added a couple of blooms just above the leaves. Feeling pretty good about the way it’s going now and looking forward to filling in the middle section.
There is never a particular place for starting to cut out the glass for a project. With this panel, I began by first cutting the leaves and soil pieces at the bottom of the panel. I was fairly confident with my glass choices here, using a Youghiogheny stipple glass 4117 SP green, ice white, bluish-grey was for the leaves and a granite backed Uroboros 65 – 17 light & dark browns for the soil pieces. The spaces for the seed pods have been left empty at this stage as I will add them later when I have a better idea of the finished panel.
The top and bottom background pieces were then cut from the whole sheet of Uroboros 10 – 16 light & dark browns, turquoise with mini fractures. This is can be tricky even with the use of a band saw so worth taking your time over. The two sides have worked out fine but the middle piece has broken off in slightly the wrong place. These things happen which means I will have to adjust the pattern slightly by moving a couple of flowers.
Slade Poppies ( Initial Stage ) Adding The Flowers
With the first of the flowers cut I am able to position them on top of the background glass. I then mark around them using a fine permanent marker. The background can now be cut away using the band saw, leaving a perfect fit for the flower. This can be a slow process but the advantage is I am able to build up the image as I go. The glass used for the poppies is Uroboros 60 – 25 red & orange with white.
Here I have managed to re-position the two flowers in the middle of the panel. This completes the top and bottom sections leaving the central part to do. However, now everything is back on track I am feeling confident of a successful outcome.
The story of this Poppies at Slade panel began around five years ago. While in the UK on a family holiday I was fortunate enough to visit Kansa Stained Glass in Yorkshire where I purchased these two fantastic sheets of Uroboros art glass. This glass has become very hard to obtain in Europe so to find two whole sheets definitely made my day. I have created many poppy panels over the years as they grow wild down here in Slade and are a constant inspiration so my first thoughts were of a large poppy panel. it has however taken this long to bring it to fruition.
This sheet was where I created the basic structure of the panel. Using fairly transparent tracing paper I sketched out the flowers and then adjusted them to suit the background. This way I was able to select the background glass I wanted to show. I also wanted to add a soil layer at the bottom of the panel which gave me a bit to play within my glass selection. The code for this sheet is Uroboros – 10 – 16 Light and dark browns, turquoise with mini fractures.
The code for this sheet is Uroboros 60 – 25 Red and orange with white. This sheet I would use for my poppies. Once again I would need another glass for some foliage. I wanted to try and weave these two sheets together just using the color within the glass to create the panel. The background glass in particular made me think of a Liberty/Art Nouveau feel. I started a design but for one reason or another, I had to put it aside. Eventually, in October of 2018, I managed to get back to it and produce three patterns, one full size ( 23 x 34.5 inches ) one reduced size ( 15.75 x 36 inches ) and a pair of door panels ( 10.25 x 36.75 inches ) each panel with an optional border.
A universal flower poppies symbolise peace, death and even sleep. In oriental cultures, they represent passionate love between couples. The Ancient Greeks in particular related the flower to Morpheus the god of sleep. This was most likely the source of the word Morphine which comes from Opium. Yet the inspiration for this Red Poppies Pattern comes from the Remembrance Poppies. Quite strange when you think about it as they are only paper flowers. Poppies of course come in a range of colors, blue, pink, white and orange spring to mind, a universal flower for sure. It is the state flower of California and also the birthday flower for August.
Made using Youghiogheny stipple glass, I have tried to keep the design simple and let the glass do the work. I have poppies growing wild in my garden and I am always struck by the way the red compliments the green surrounds. They also grow in clumps so I have crammed fourteen blooms into this panel. This post wouldn’t be complete without a link to Canadian poet and physician John McCrae’s beautiful poem ” In Flanders fields “
Stained glass Pattern Information
If you are interested in reproducing this panel it is now available as a PDF download in the Pattern Store.
A 916 mm ( approx 36 inches) x 368 mm ( 14.5 inches ) rectangle pattern. Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 36 inches x 14.5 inches, ( 916 mm x 368 mm ) across six pages. Instructions are supplied for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need “Adobe Acrobat Reader” to print this pattern.
This is my 12″ diameter Scene With Poppies panel. There is a bit of a story behind the creation of this piece which I will share with you here. My dear sister, who has since passed away bought me a ” Tiffany Calendar ” as a present for Christmas. This featured various stunning stained glass panels, lampshades and scenes. Some of these were on a grand scale which got me thinking about what I could fit into a small panel. The calendar was after all quite small but the illustrations still looked stunning.
When using art glass you end up with lots of different pieces of odd glasses that you don’t want to dispose of. After a while, these start to mount up and take up space so this was a way of putting them to good use. A win, win for me if you like so I took up my pencil and started to sketch.
I have taken my inspiration from a scene on my calendar. I’m not sure how large the original window is but my small panel is 12 inches in diameter, a Tiny Tiffany if you like. I can’t include too much detail so I have concentrated on the shapes and kept them simple. What I have made sure to do is keep all the elements of a landscape picture. Background, sky, foreground with the flowers, the tree framing the left side and the water
This Gothic Poppies panel is in a renovated pitch pine sash. I had managed to salvage eight of these some years ago with a view to using them in my home. Four had a single pane of which this is one. The other four were taller and had double panes. At the time I was still in the building stage and hoped to incorporate them within the structure. This didn’t happen, so instead, I used them to display my stained glass artwork. I had already filled the other three sashes, the first was a “Tulips” panel, then a “Daisies” and “Daffodils” was the third. So this was the fourth and final one to complete the set.
Whilst building my house in Slade, there would always be clumps of poppies growing wild in the garden. These then provided the inspiration for this piece. First I took some photographs and made a full-sized template. Then a did a rough sketch which I developed into a proper pattern. Stained glass design can be quite restrictive with every line needing full consideration. You have to try and see the finished panel in your mind at the design stage.
Stained Glass Pattern Information
The pattern for this Gothic Poppies panel is available in the pattern store as a PDF file. The original panel size is 36 x 12 inches which can be scaled up using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.
Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 36 x 12 inches ( 915 mm x 305 mm ) across eight pages. Instructions are provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.