Friday, September 23, 2016

5 Do the Other Side

In this weeks video, I show how a stained glass window has separated from the frame work and the steps to fix it.

The fifth thing is to do the other side. Place more foil directly over where you did on the first side, place re-strip and solder the panel.

Then clean and patina and it will be better than new.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

4 Solder The Re-Strip

In this weeks video, I show how a stained glass window has separated from the frame work and the steps to fix it.

The fourth thing to do is Solder the re-strip onto the copper foil, forming a lead line, being careful not to add too much heat and cracking the glass.

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3 Clip A Strip of Metal

In this weeks video, I show how a stained glass window has separated from the frame work and the steps to fix it.

The third thing to do is clip and place a strip of re-strip metal over the copper foil tape you just added. This will add a great amount of strength.


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2 Add Copper Foil To Begin to form a New Lead Line

In this weeks video, I show how a stained glass window has separated from the frame work and the steps to fix it.
The second thing to do is add copper foil tape where you want to form a strong lead line. Clean the glass well so the foil will stick readily to the glass, use a craft knife or box knife to trim the ends of the foil.

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1 Pull Metal Back

In this weeks video, I show how a stained glass window has separated from the frame work and the steps to fix it.
The first thing to do is pull the separated metal back into place. I simply nailed some wooden blocks to the work bench to give myself a clamping surface, then used wood clamps to gently pull the metal back into place.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mandala Book nearing completion

We're getting close to finishing Jeanne's second Mandala book. It's been all but done for two years! But by setting aside every Thursday morning to work on the pages that are nearly done, we're getting close.

I put up a short video on facebook yesterday, asking for comments on which of the two themes folks like the best. If you're not following us on facebook, please go to our website, gsg-art.com and click on the facebook button at the top. Then follow us and watch the video and comment on which you like best. I put it on youtube you can click here to get to it.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

5. Do The Other Side

The Final Step in this process is to Do The Other Side. Just the same as before, it'll want to be clean, loosen all tape and paper and clean it well. Then mix up the envirotex lite and pour it on, letting it cover the entire panel and then blow on the surface to get rid of the bubbles.

This is technique is a last ditch attempt to save a panel. I hope you never have to use it!

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

4. Blow On The Panel

The next step is easy, blow on the panel. The carbon dioxide in your breath will cause the bubbles in the epoxy to pop allowing the finish to become smooth and clear.

This is such a simple process, but I didn't do as good a job on the back of my repair and left some bubbles. So it's very important. And once it's hardened, there's no fixing it

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

3. Mix and Apply Envirotex Lite

Third Step is to mix and apply Envirotex Lite. This pour on clear finish can by found on-line readily and has good directions on the box.

You mix the two parts together, stirring gently to avoid creating bubbles. Then gently pour onto the panel and then tilt the panel allowing the mixture to spread over the entire surface of the stained glass, much like you might spread oil on a cookie sheet or bread pan.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

2.Tap Pieces In Place

This second step is titled, Tap Pieces in Place ..and actually it's all about preparing the glass for the repair You will need to tap the pieces into place and clean the panel, anything left will get encased in the epoxy.

Another part of the preparation is to tape small pieces of paper on the back of the panel to keep the back sealed. You don't want epoxy to run through onto your work surface. It may be a good idea to lay down wax paper beneath the  glass to protect your work bench.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Step 1. Evaluate

The first, and maybe most important step in repairing a severely damaged window is EVALUATION. You need to look long and hard at the severely damaged window. Is there really no way to repair it using conventional methods? If this last ditch effort is the only way to save the piece is it really worth saving? Remember this, if something goes wrong you may end up ruining the piece, so think about this when evaluating if the window is worth repairing.

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

I just added a new youtube video. click here to see it. We are trying to put up 5 step videos to add to the joy and entertainment that our stained glass friends will find amusing and helpful.This particular window was especially loved by us. It became destroyed one dark night after hanging in out studio. Kids moving furniture denied any knowledge of the broken window. It was just one of those unfortunate circumstances and then I began wondering if we could coat the damage with the kind of resin they put on tables made of plywood, usually covered with pennies or cards.
                                        So, we tried it, and it worked.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

A New Feature On Our Site

I just added this new bit of code to our home page. This should let folks opt in to our email list so we can send free videos and offers to them.

It would be helpful if you would click the link below to help me test to see if this is working.
http://eepurl.com/cbdCQr

Saturday, August 27, 2016

My Story

In first grade, I came home with my first report card. My Mother was stunned that her son had failed reading! And so began my odyssey as a reader. Mom signed me up for the Easy Reader book club and had me read to her every night as she washed the dishes. Then I began to branch out, reading harder books with more complex stories, I read many books.

Readers often become writers, and that's what happened to me. My sister and I tried to write a newspaper when I was in fourth grade and she was in second. With no sales and the readership of our less enthusiastic parents, it didn't last long, but the desire was there.

In high school I began to dream first of college and film school, but then of being a writer. I wrote over 120 poems for my high school literary magazine, all were accepted, then they had me choose the 15 I liked most to be published.

I wrote a small book of poetry and sold some copies door to door. It was about the writing. I didn't know how to market myself, but I loved the creativity of the written word. Later in life I began writing fiction and went so far as to self publish a science fiction novel. Others are at various stages of completion.

As life lead me into drafting and engineering jobs, I found several opportunities to work as a technical writer and illustrator. But the big break that I found was that I needed content for my stained glass website. That has been a wealth of practice and experience as I've written a monthly newsletter and answered peoples questions as an expert on "I How" and "AllExperts".

In high school, as I mentioned that I'd like to be an author, every single teacher said, "Oh you don't want to do that!" Every single one. No voice of encouragement at all! I sure am lucky to have found a chance to do what I love (writing about stained glass, filming videos about stained glass and helping Jeanne in promoting stained glass)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Five Top Reasons That Stained Glass Is Great!!

Seven Down, One To Go!

This is one of the seven completed panels...why does it look so bad?

It hasn't yet been cleaned or patina'ed. I've placed it on 1" foam strips and blocks because its got a 3/4" reinforcement strip on the back of the panel. This runs up the center diagonal of the panel and will keep it from sagging, but for now it keeps the panel from lying flat on the table.

The panels will hang flat so gravity will be trying to pull the glass down. This extra strip will keep it rigid.

So, with 7 of the panels complete (4 delivered this week) I only have one to go. This is an especially gratifying job because it will go somewhere that it will be seen! Station 22 is a restaurant located in the historic Provo Town Square (22 Center St Provo, UT 84601).  One of the skylights is in the restaurant and one is west in the walk through between the front and the back of the complex.

We'll be adding a few more pictures of this project as it gets installed. Visit us at www.gsg-art.com I've changed things around a bit to help navigation to be easier. Let me know what you think.

Seven Down, One To Go!

This is one of the seven completed panels...why does it look so bad?

It has yet been cleaned or patina'ed. I've placed it on 1" foam strips and blocks because its got a 3/4" reinforcement strip on the back of the panel. This runs up the center diagonal of the panel and will keep it from sagging.

The panels will hang flat so gravity will be trying to pull the glass down. This extra strip will keep it rigid.
So, with 7 of the panels complete (4 delivered this week) I only have one to go. This is an especially gratifying job because it will go somewhere that it will be seen! Station 22 is a restaurant located in the historic Provo Town Square. One of the skylights is in the restaurant and one is west in the walk through between the front and the back of the complex.

We'll be adding a few more pictures of this project as it gets installed. Visit us at www.gsg-art.com I've changed things around a bit to help navigation to be easier. Let me know what you think.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Building some skylights

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Here are three panels that hang in the Station 22 restaurant in the historic Downtown Provo Square. We provided a design for them and have been working on them all week. There are a total of 8 panels (32 square feet) that will go into 2 skylights. 

They are looking very nice and I'll show them in another post.

Monday, August 01, 2016

11 Cabinet Panels

It's always so great to do a large job, because it reminds us of how beautiful a lot of glass can be. When we bid on a job, I often wonder at how much we have to charge. Then we get the job complete, and pay for all the materials included and I no longer wonder..cause it costs nearly 2/3's of retail to build the job. That would indicate that we need to charge more, but I don't think so, it already costs plenty!

The fact is, these windows, when installed will make the home look like a million bucks! Just the most elegant touch to a beautiful kitchen, which makes it even better! It's true, every home is better with a touch of stained glass!

This is a job for French Style Designer, Candace Frioux of Maison Design in Holladay, we love working on her projects because they look so good when complete. She gets all the design elements just right. Her design store is at 2280 Murray Hollady Road, Salt Lake City, UT  84117 Her business number is 801-272-8003.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Show Over The Weekend

Jeanne showed some of our work this weekend. The following is the invitation and a shot of one of the displays. I wasn't able to attend, but she reported that it was fun and satisfying being able to show and talk about our artwork.


A good chance to display!
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Show Over The Weekend

Jeanne showed some of work this weekend. The following is the invitation and a shot of one of the displays. I wasn't able to attend, but she reported that it was fun and satisfying being able to show and talk about our artwork.


A good chance to display!
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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Hit The Ground Running!

This week, Jeanne and I had a morning business meeting and an evening review each day. They got less packed as time went on because we often covered the same types of issues.

I discovered that I haven't posted student information for about 2 1/2 years, so much is out of date and I've had a lot to go through. This means we haven't been getting in touch with students as well as we should.




I worked on 8 frames for mosaics for several hours on 3 days and finally got them completed so Jeanne could get them done in time for tonight's show at The A Frame. Just need to put hangers on several pieces to be ready.

I enjoy the time we spend together working on glass and related projects. We've gotten about half of Jeanne's on-line class on how to make the July Star Project complete. It's fun because we get to use many of the skills we love and are interested in.

Jeanne can work from sunup to sundown daily. I'm having a hard time keeping up with her. It's rewarding to work towards common goals everyday.


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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Install On Saturday

The window was installed in the inside of the door,
fit up to the existing glass. 


From the inside, 

with light blazing through the stained glass, 

the colors are vivid!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Centered - new original Art Deco Stained Glass

This "Centered" panel is a a new original art deco piece Jeanne created for an upcoming event which features 30's and 40's dress and will get auctioned off at the art gala. What you can't see in the picture is the golden patina which adds to the lovely color of the piece. The central iridized plate from that era features lovely, delicate pink and orange tones that are in harmony with the other colored pieces in the center. Need to see it in real life!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Loaded with Stars

It's a popular time of year for stars, They are perfect for gift giving and decorating and hanging on the tree. Nearly everywhere you look in the studio are stars in progress and pieces of more stars ready to be assembled.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

The Covey Center Show " Wrapped In Color" opened Friday. We had a good reception, which was fun. 

It's nice to spend time with other artists, like Inez Harwood. As the night went on, it was fun to hear how much effort it took for Inez to create the 3/4 mile long tie dye piece that got her in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest continuous tie dye piece in the world. Five fire truck hoses to pump up the amount of water needed to tie dye the fabric. Water had to be trucked across two counties to get enough for the 400,000 gallons needed to tie dye that huge amount.

Jeanne decided that we need another copy of  "Aurora - Morning" for the show so we worked on it and got the whole panel cut out and foiled in the last 2 weeks. I was able to solder it for five hours on Friday but only finished half of the back of it when I was soldering it. (No one will ever know (unless they read this)

The show is scheduled to be up through the end of January so there is plenty of time to see it. We plan to be at the reception in January on Fri, Jan 08 from 6 to 9.

Monday, November 09, 2015

What Goes Around Comes Around

​"What Goes Around Comes Around", Jeanne's Dad used to say.
 
We dropped the panel off to the Springville Art and Religious Show last week hoping to get in the show.

​Scriptures refer to this philosophy, "Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters," in Ecclesiastes. As ye Sow, so shall ye reap, Do good unto others and they will do good unto you. Good advice!


Thursday, November 05, 2015

Making Pendants

Jeanne encouraged some of the students at Independence High to create a design for a pendant, then she brought them home and fired them. They will be for sale at their Gala "Teen Act."

They can be used as necklaces or Christmas Ornaments or any number of creative uses.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

We made 25 or so gold stars to be boxed for an "Now I Can" event. 60 fused stars to be passed out to Earth Science students at Independence High. A "Starry Eyed" week us.




Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Classes Finishing and Classes Starting

Rita finished her last class this week. She made the new January pattern, but used her own color choices so it has a more "year round" color. Now we are getting ready to start a new round of classes so this is a good time to register so you can get those Christmas presents underway!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Stained Glass Frames

Working on frames for two large stained glass panels for our dentists office. The stained glass took around two months to build and another two months to gear up for the frames. Had to get wood, mill it, put a dado down the edge, get a new blade for the saw so they could be split. Now they need to be cut to fit and painted or stained and finally we'll silicone the windows in the frames. Lots to do for such a small amount of wood work.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Here are some sketched flowers that Jeanne drew up and I'm using AutoCAD to trace them to get them ready for a full sized pattern that we're making so we can build a transom window that will go in the Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast in downtown Provo.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stars for Gifts

 Jeanne's making stars for the "Now I Can" organization. They fit nicely in a cotton lined box. She fused 60 small stars for a Earth Science  class at Independence High. She made a teal star that she may trade with another artist.


We are entering the "gift giving" season and stars make a wonderful gift. They are affordable and lovely.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Covey Center Art Show

The Covey Center For The Arts opened in 2007 and we were fortunate to be able to put up the first December show. The show was so successful that we were able to do an exhibit four years in a row. They changed their policy to allow more artists a chance to display in December, so 2010 was the last show we did on that scale for them. We just got a call.the other day asking us to do the December/January show this year. Seems another artist fell through at the last moment and they felt we could organize a decent show in a short time frame. Whatever the reason, we will enjoy putting a show together with the entertainment and enjoyment or the community in mind.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sourcebook 2015 2016 completed

David just finished editing the new Utah County Artists Sourcebook. What's that got to do with stained glass? Well, a lot of art work is the work of selling it. We have a lot of stained glass hanging around our studio and home. There are precious few places to exhibit it, so we've got to sell, if just to keep from running out of space, not to mention making a living. The book advertises the work of 122 artists, but Jeanne is one of them and David is another. You can download a free copy of the book atwww.utahcountyart.com or you can order one online in a couple of weeks.

Show In Sugar House Area

Jeanne has created a
​"Seven Continents In Glass" series that will be displayed in Sugar House at Brittney Golden Jewelry Studios this month. The picture to the left is her page from the UCAB 2015-16 Sourcebook.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Getting Inspired

Inspiration can come in many forms and from many different sources. There really are times where I look for inspiration and nothing comes, I sit wondering if I'm no longer creative, if I need to find a normal job because I can't create any longer. Then, the dry spell ends and I'm inspired by every little thing that crosses my path. The wind inspires, the colors in nature inspire, the stories I hear, the quiet of a moment. It's really amazing the difference between the dry spell and the storm of inspiration. The other day, the floods came. We hiked (walked) to Bridal Veil Falls, inspiration! I attended the Creative Collaborative meeting http://www.collaborativecreative.com/ inspiration.

Jolynn Foreman told me stories (http://www.utahcountyart.com/jolynn-forman.html) that sent me off on creative imaginings. I found a drawing that was similar to one I was planning, so I saved a lot of repetition and got a lot of work done in a short time.

Just a great sense of joy comes when the muse hits!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cabinet Door Examples

Jeanne posted about using stained glass in kitchen cabinets today. Glass door fronts can really enhance the decor of a home.

This set of doors were designed to compliment the look of a rug kept in the kitchen.

Here is a set of doors where the scene continues on from one panel to the next.

Here, Jeanne holds a door so we can see it in bright sunlight


Friday, April 10, 2015

Getting the Sawdust Flying

It looks like snow, but it's sawdust on the camera lens. I dug out the router, nailed the window frame to my work table and routed a clean grove in the frame. Sometime the bottom of a frame has a slot for the glass to slip in. It's great for the original window but doesn't allow us to put a new piece of glass in the frame. This is for a frame that belongs to a local decorator store, Brambles and Blossoms here in Provo. We build stained glass panels for them to resell occasionally. They are quite popular (stained glass in old window frames). We spend way too much time on preparing the frames for the glass, removing glass and putty and metal points.

Jeanne used plyers and a chisel to pull out the old glass. They thing that worries me is that we expose ourselves to lead paint on a lot of these old frames.


Monday, April 06, 2015

Making the most of our Resources

Recently, Jeanne and I attended a Creative Collaborative meeting where two gals that work on sales in their business on Etsy.


We've had an ETSY webstore since 2009 and since it's been lackluster, we've just put up items on rare occasions.

Our daughter-in-law, Christy has a pretty successful ETSY store (christygomm) and has been encouraging us to do more with ours. So between the seminar and the encouragement from Christy, I'm adding patterns to our ETSY store.



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