Starting from a seed of a single dot on paper each pattern emerges from the compass and ruler through exploration and contemplation.
Several hours are invested into the crafting of each original design. Once the pattern has revealed itself, it is traced in sharpie and copied for cutting.
Colors for the stained glass are then selected for the piece to create harmony and interest. Each piece is hand-cut and ground to fit the pattern, carefully outlining the negative space that will later be filled with grout.
The sharpie lines are removed to create a uniformed grout line and each piece of the pattern is numbered.
Careful consideration goes into the process of pairing each mosaic with the type of wood that will orchestrate a finished product.
Once all the pieces are aligned and shaped to near perfection, they are transferred to contact paper to be double-checked for spacing and fit. The whole mosaic is then taped and flipped for the contact paper's removal.
Next, the mosaic is grouted and left to cure. Once the grout is cured, the final step is to attach the mosaic to clear glass with adhesive. After the adhesive cures, the mosaic tape is peeled away. The piece is cleaned and checked for imperfections.
The mosaic is now ready to be framed. Careful consideration goes into the process of pairing each mosaic with the type of wood that will orchestrate a finished product.
In pairing the glass with wood, we decide on color, grain patterns, and the style of the frame's face and profile.
The framing process starts with rough cut lumber. In pairing the glass with wood, we decide on color, grain patterns, and the style of the frame's face and profile.
Sometimes more than one wood is combined in a laminating process that truly gives the frame a custom look. This involves using a joiner machine to face the boards, gluing, clamping, planing, and sanding.
Then a router table is used to shape the lumber's profile and to remove material from the back of the frame. The corners are mitered, the fit checked, glass installed, and secured with an additional backer board. The end result is a perfect marriage of glass and wood.