‘Are you sure you don’t just want a number five’ I asked, of Penny and Tom, my ultra-enduro-ironman-BG holding friends…
‘No way,’ they said!
Ha-ha, so, the only five in their panel is the pair of size five fell shoes that are leaping off the Knott..
‘Something that reflects us’, they said, ‘and where we live….’
(A friend of theirs visited from the south this week and he found their house from the stained glass panel. Hee-hee, he knows them well)
So, here is what I gave them…
The panel is a fanlight above their front door measuring 740mm wide x 390mm deep.
Drawing first… I wanted to capture movement and a sense of the place… (the viaduct helps with that!) And Penny and Tom’s beloved Cumbrian hills to the north.
Then cut glass… apply paint….. build up layers and details…
Fire and fire again for depth of colour.
Relaxing leadwork, soldering and grout.
Then polish and polish till it gleams. (I make it sound so easy don’t I. Trust me, it is dead tricky!)
Yeah, they live at number five!