Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Wedding Gift of Stained Glass

About two and a half months ago, I decided that my great niece's wedding gift was going to be something special that I would make for them. When I saw her colors for the wedding (watermelon and chocolate) I knew it was going to be a lamp. But this lamp was going to be a little different from the ones I had made in the past. I would design it from start to finish.

Once I received the wedding announcement I knew I had found my inspiration. The invitation had a beautiful swirl design in it that would be perfect for a stained glass lamp shade. I took the invitation and using the GlassEye 2000 Dragonfly CAD software, I proceeded to design their shade.

Once I was happy with the size and shape of the shade I drew in the swirl design and chose my glass colors. This process took me a lot longer than most because I have a tendency to be very picky about certain details. But I figure if I don't get picky about it in the design stage then I will wish I had later on.

After a lot of long hours and a lot of decorative beading I finally finished it. I'm very happy with the results. When I'm finished I'm always happy I took the time to be so picky in the beginning.

But alas, it won't be hanging around here much longer, because now we will share it with the happy couple! Erin, we hope it gives you and Travis many happy years of enjoyment!

And for anyone wishing to check out GlassEye 2000 software for themselves just click on the blinking GlassEye image at the bottom of this page. You won't be sorry you did!

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