“George is gettin’ frustrated…!”

The saga continues on the stained glass design for the master bedroom bureau. I created two more designs (below) that look nice but seem inappropriate for this piece.

I’m beginning to think that stained glass in general is too heavy for this cabinet. I considered using cane instead except my cat would make short work of that. Trixie hops up on the window sill, opens the sock drawer and sleeps in there. Giving her a climbing wall would be a mistake.

Then I remembered something I’ve seen in old movies: wire glass. You see it a lot in Hollywood set depictions of judge’s offices. It’s like chicken wire safety glass except the wire is more decorative and usually made of brass. I’ve never actually seen this stuff in real life so I don’t know if it’s an actual product or something you sandwich between two panes of glass. All I know is that I spent a fruitless afternoon Googling for it. If you ever need to know about glass coat hangers or glass-impregnated wire, ask me.

Does anyone know what this stuff is called and, better, where I can find it?

Anyway, the DA on the TV show “Law & Order” has the glass I’m talking about on his law book cabinet. On that note, I ripped one of the designs below from an old John Grisham movie, “The Chamber”, last night. The movie kinda sucked but there was a scene in a court house with a stained glass door behind the actors. I hit Pause on Tivo and copied it in GlassEye. It’s the whitish design. Nice, but too angular for the cabinet.

I get a lot of design ideas from TV and movies. The paver design in my back yard was stolen from the Dudley Moore movie, “Arthur”. My window trim formula was ripped from “Once Upon A Time In America”. It’s not that I watch a lot of TV just that I’m a set design freak. In an earlier career I apprenticed as a film set carpenter and gained an appreciation for the art. Some of my favorite movies have period set decorations that blew me away — films like “Victor, Victoria”, “Blade Runner”, “Practical Magic” and “Moonstruck”.

My last two stained glass candidates I designed with GlassEye 2000. I’m not sure why they’re rendering in different sizes. Both are 11″x31″. Both are still too busy.  I’m thinking I need something more like this.


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This blog is about the challenges of renovating an old (1903) Brooklyn, New York row house.

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