|Fused Glass Dragonfly and Iris set in Antique Window|
Here is another photo of the same fused glass window in different lighting. Each panel has a mottled texture reminiscent of hand blown glass windows.
|Finished Fused Glass Window|
In Florida, irises grow like weeds. These flowers are set around retention ponds in just about every housing development. The local dragonflies come in so many colors, from electric blue to a bright fire engine red. My fused glass dragonflies have transparent iridescent bluish purple wings that flash rainbow when the light catches.
|Fused Glass Dragonfly Darts Past|
I created this window from an original drawing that was inspired by my photos. After stripping and sanding the antique window frame, I wanted to just through caution to the window and let my creativity take hold - to just cut the glass and let the images flow forth. It didn't happen. I couldn't bring myself to even cut the smallest piece of glass without a solid plan completely formed. I want to be spur of the moment but I am a planner. I know what I am making for dinner before I even eat breakfast. No surprises for me. So here is the very conscious process of creation for my irises.
|The Evolution of a Fused Glass Iris|
I started with my iPhone iris photo and sketched the flower on graph paper. I like graph paper because it is easier to scale items in relation to the space and to each other. Then I hand cut each petal in shades in Bullseye white glass and placed hand pulled green variegated stems. After arranging and re-arranging I flipped the flower and added Bullseye glass frit and powder for shading and interest. I repeated the blues from the water at the base of the piece and some of the iridescent purple from the wings.
|Fused Glass Iris with Bullseye Frit Detail|
Here is another close-up of an iris in different lighting. I love how the colors change hue as the lighting changes. Each fused glass iris is unique as is each dragonfly. This finished window hangs from a set of heavy duty Aanraku roll hooks and brass chain.