A fun butterfly window, full of cute little facts!
This is a very specific window done for my friends Amy and Rick, whose 2-year wedding anniversary is very soon. This is their first anniversary with their daughter, who is almost a year old now. They don't know I've made them a window yet.
Amy's favorite color is purple, and Rick's is blue (though he likes more of a navy blue, I thought it would have been too dark for this piece). The caterpillar is made up of their two colors, symbolizing their daughter and also solidifying the blending of colored sand that occurred at their wedding. Coincidentally, Amy LOVES butterflies so the symbolism of a scene like this seemed too perfect not to take advantage of.
There are approximately 29 painted pieces of glass in this window- the butterfly wings and bodies, most of the grass pieces, the flowers, and the top nameplate. The sheets of glass used for the flowers, lavender side pieces, and grass are all more than 30 years old, bought from a lady who had bought them from someone else once upon a time. Very beautiful glass, but a little brittle. The background is a sheet of Oceana that I've been holding onto for years with no heart to cut it up... until I saw how perfect it would be with all the colors I had picked out for this piece. It was a surprisingly cooperative piece of glass to cut considering the lumpy nature of the glass.
The butterfly legs and antennae are tinned wire, bent to shape and soldered in place. I'm very happy I went with wire instead of painting, I think it adds more life to the piece.
Stained and painted glass, with 1-inch bevel corners (unnoticeable in this photo)
Copper foil method, zinc channel