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Mother’s Day weekend I was busy soldering, cleaning and puttying mom’s Koi Pond window after making her wait 12 years.  There were challenges with soldering, as much of the lead was horribly dirty and oxidized.  Flux & solder not taking at all in certain areas.  Had to constantly stop, wire brush and try again. I was also working with a brand new soldering iron, tweaking temperature control, trial & error and lack of practice…  But I’m happy with how it turned out, flaws and all.  It’s the most difficult project I’ve ever completed and am happy to have the sunshine bring it to life now!

putty stage, koi pond stained glass

Applying the nasty stuff to fill in the gaps and keep it strong.

stained glass mess

Mmmm. Toxic, crude oil-esque nastyness. 2 hours to putty, countless hand washings.

Merry Christmas, mom!  Finished and ready to be framed.  Such a great feeling to finally have it off my table and in her hands.

koi pond stained glass complete

Woo!

“Koi Pond” project begun 11+ years ago as a gift to my mother.  All leaded glass work stopped when we got pregnant, so the project took a rest in the basement until um..  now?  I brought it up to rest in the studio for a while to keep me company.

Koi pond stained glass

This is a particularly difficult piece, in that the water and koi were strategically cut from a single piece of glass to preserve the continuous features and texture of the glass.  The pattern.  -Oh, can’t remember where I got it.  But I did modify it slightly with some thick jewels which raise above the plane of the rest of the piece.  This design is more contemporary that I normally like, but definitely the most challenging  I’ve ever done (hence the fear of finishing!)

koi stained glass

Kokomo glass, lead and glass nuggets