|Not soldered yet, but look - it's finished!|
|From the bottom of the panel, looking upwards!|
One night a couple of years ago, I opened the door to find a chap clutching a large photograph album. He was a descendant of our home's builder, Mr Hunter, and he'd heard that I was interested in the history of the house and the family.
And although we spent a happy evening with coffee and pancakes perusing the photos, none of them gave a clear view of what the front door stained glass looked like.
Tartarus and I decided to ask a stained glass expert to give us a quote for just making up a new panel. After I'd picked myself up off the floor and declined the quote, I decided to sign up for a stained glass course at Glasgow School of Art. How hard could it be?!
I spent five glorious - and blood-stained - days making a small panel of a red kite in a windy sky. I was happier than a dog with two dicks with my efforts..... One thing was for sure - it was not as easy as it looked - cutting wee bits of glass and whapping some lead around it.... But why it took another two YEARS for me to complete the stained glass for the front door, I'm not really sure.
Certainly part of it was I HAVE ONLY 5 DAYS EXPERIENCE OF THIS!!! Part of it was the fear of bloody fingers. Part of it was the fear of making a complete arse of things.
But look. I have done it. Two panels for our front door! I have even re-used some of the original glass to tie the old work and the new work together.... *stands back and waits for applause*
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