Stained Glass Circles

UPDATE 7/13/2016:

I have since decided NOT to make a mobile with these circles.  They have been incorporated into a framed piece I created in July.

My list of things to accomplish in 2016 includes “Build 3 mobiles in the Alexander Calder style [kinetic sculpture]” & “Create 3 difficult stained glass pieces”.  I decided to combine those items for my newest project and make a stained glass mobile.  I’ve been wanting to make a stained glass project involving circles for quite a while, so today I cut 9 circles of varying size and color:

257a        257b

I practiced cutting curves, which is hard, but got easier as I went along.  I used my glass grinder to finish each circle.  I didn’t have a pattern, I was just tracing circles using my circle templates & a Sharpie marker:

257g

Then cutting the glass:

257c        257d

You might notice my workshop is no longer in the basement – stay tuned later this week for my workshop reveal 🙂

After cutting my 9 circles I sat on the couch and spent half an hour edging each one with copper foil tape.  I was too tired today to solder the foil edges, so this is as far as I got:

257e        257f

Next up will be soldering the edges, adding little hooks, and then building the mobile with the mobile wire I bought last year.

Happy Zombie Jesus Day!

RIP Aloha 🙁  10/1/2014 – 3/26/2016:

baby rat aloha - a cream and beige rex with curly hair

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8 Comments

  1. First thing I thought when I saw the photos — cutting circles, that must be difficult. Love the colors together. Should be gorgeous. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

    • It’s not too bad when you have a glass grinder! Without a grinder, I think it would be very very hard! I just cut as near to a circle as possible (by cutting straight lines intersecting the edges of the circle until there weren’t any more to cut) and then ground down the rough edges 🙂

  2. Jessica @CapeofDreams

    Poor Aloha. 🙂 I’m excited to see the mobile, though.

  3. What a great project. I can’t wait to see the final results when we’re back.

  4. Those are beautiful perfect circles!!!

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