When you think of wall art for the bedroom, stained glass probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but I think incorporating a piece of stained glass can make a stunning addition to any bedroom decor!
I’ve always had a fascination with stained glass and longed to own a piece, but the time and expertise that goes into creating these beautiful works of art unfortunately priced it right out of my budget when I young. After purchasing my first house, I was house rich but cash poor so when I discovered a beginner’s stained glass course at my local community centre, I jumped at the chance to learn the art. Several years later I continued taking courses at a stained glass studio, when I moved to a new neighbourhood, where I dabbled with glass mosaic:
I hung this one in my spare bedroom.
Once I had the itch, I also tried fused glass…
After dating my husband for about 6 months, I felt compelled to create something extra special out of glass for his birthday. I was at the point in my learning where I was just starting to experiment with mixed media techniques (3D, fusing, sandblasting, lead and came) so I knew I would challenge myself.
I decided the theme would be Volkswagen because hubs had spent years restoring his cherished ’66 VW bug (a picture of which we later turned into a unique storage piece for my craft studio). I searched the net for inspiration and found some clipart that got the wheels turning – pun intended :).
For the stoplight, I cut pieces from hand rolled yellow art glass and melted the wing pieces in the kiln to soften the edges. For the centre, I sandblasted lines (filing them in with a permanent marker) then glued on faceted glass for the red, amber and green signals.
When I found some incredible glass that looked like chrome, I knew I had to use it for the bumpers on the VW bug. That piece was cut, stacked and fused together in one piece, then glued in place.
A VW art piece wouldn’t be complete without the VW logo so I sandblasted that onto a round piece of bevelled glass.
Just off-centre, I used a piece of grey mirror backed glass (similar to the one I used on our powder room cabinet doors) that I sandblasted VW ’66 into, the year of hubs’ car. I then drilled a hole through the glass with a special water-cooled glass grinder and inserted a clock mechanism (might as well have form and function!).
The final touches were to fuse glass keys and a VW fob for a keychain and add a road’ for the VW to drive on, created by sandblasting stripes in the centre of a piece of black glass.
It turned out to be so much work that I completely missed the deadline for hubs’ birthday! I scrambled to get it done for Christmas a few months later and gave it to him at his parent’s house on Christmas morning.
He loved it! I guess he loved me too because two months later we were engaged. I thought the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach, but apparently one-of-a-kind glass clocks work too 🙂
Once we were married, the VW stained glass clock went right onto one of the walls in our master bedroom.
It provides a nice splash of colour that can be seen as you enter the room.
Here’s a final closeup of the piece hung on the wall:
Stained glass is one of my favourite creative outlets so if you’re looking to take up a new and exciting hobby, I highly recommend it. You can probably find a community course or stained glass studio right in your own city (if you happen to live in the Toronto area, I highly recommend ‘Glasstronomy Studios‘. They have incredible workshops ranging from beginner to advanced and you can even commission a piece if you’re not inclined to learn stained glass for yourself 🙂
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