Horseshoes 2017

These 4 Horseshoes were purchased by a client to be given away as gifts. Each one measures approximately 6 inches wide x 7 inches high. We used a combination of Spectrum and Armstrong glass along with attaching a fine silver chain which was soldered into the back seams. The eyes on each are made from black backed foil and raised solder.  Black backed copper foil is used, along with JAX Pewter Black Patina and Clarica Polish. We use Kwik Clean to clean each between soldering and after the patina is applied. Once the polish dries we use a soft cloth along with toothbrushes to bring them to a very clean polished sheen.

The next 4 photos shows each horseshoe individually.

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Yellow Rose Bud Panel December 2016

This Yellow Rose bud was commissioned as a Christmas present. The design was originally a square panel which we placed into a 10 inch circular panel surrounded by a soft flexible brass U channel. Eventually our client returned the panel so we could attach a fine silver chain for hanging in the window of their home.

The following photo shows the beginning of the panels construction.

Original design titled “Rose” by Denise Hurley, from the book “Flowers of Hope”

a free Spectrum Glass Pattern of the Month

Inserted into a circular panel design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

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New Garden Dragonfly

We recently redesigned our Garden Dragonfly by raising the wings rather than leaving them flat. The rods we use for these garden pieces are approximately 18 inches in length. The Dragonfly measures about 4 inches high x 6 inches wide.  We have many varieties of glass for their wings including iridescents.

The following picture shows are large Garden Butterflies, Lady Bug and on a shorter rod the Garden Frog. We do make the butterflies in a smaller size and a larger size for the frog.

Designs by Flory & Bob Wilkins

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Eclipse!

Eclipse Progression 3-2

A total eclipse probably shouldn’t happen. I say “probably” because the probability is too small. After all, we are the only known planet that has a moon just the right size and distance to provide a perfect total solar eclipse where the moon just barely covers the sun, allowing the viewer to see the corona and prominences. It also happens to be the only place where there is someone to see it.

The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, but it is also 400 times closer, making them roughly the same apparent size in our sky, depending on eccentricities of the orbits. This has allowed us to discover so much about the sun, moon, our own planet and the universe long before we had the technology of modern telescopes and spacecraft. If the size of the sun or moon, or the distance to the moon and sun were off even a bit, a perfect total eclipse would not be possible. Yet, perfect total solar eclipses happen because of this perfect combination. This alone should give us pause as we watch in wonder. But not only are they astounding and awe-inspiring for this fact alone, total eclipses are strange and beautiful and they are wonderful to experience!


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Alberta Roses Travelling Far & Wide 2017

Our Boxed Alberta Roses have just recently travelled to Australia and Nova Scotia. The Alberta Rose is the official flower of the Province of Alberta and they come boxed as shown complete with a suction cup for hanging. They are a wonderful souvenir gift idea to take to friends and relatives wherever they live

We use Spectrum # 609.8 Clear swirled with Pink and White Wispy for the roses and various greens for leaves and yellows for the center of the roses. The roses measure approximately 3 inches wide by 4 inches high.

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