"George is gettin' frustrated...!"

Posted by Steve on Sun, 08/10/2008 - 7:02pm

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 aren't great movies. It's because their period set decorations blew me away -- films like "Victor, Victoria", "Blade Runner", "Practical Magic" and "Moonstruck".

Finally, the 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".

Talk about it the Stained Glass Forum.


Posted by Steve on

I don't know why I couldn't find it in Google today.

Posted by Kathy from NJ (not verified) on


I'm pretty sure 10K Kitchen Remodel used some kind of wire mesh which sits over the glass in his china cabinet doors. To foil the cat maybe you could put it behind the glass.

For your stained glass, do you use real lead? I have a hunk of lead - 2 lbs. 13 oz. - that was in my husband's closet at his shop (an aluminum die casting factory). I'm reluctant to throw it into the garbage and would love to find someone who wants it (for free including free shipping).

Posted by Steve on

I knew I'd seen it in some catalog. I just didn't know where. Thanks!

I suppose this is as good as it's going to get. The selection of panel options gives me some new ideas though.

I use real lead but it comes in the form of "came" which has a cross section something like an I-beam. The glass slips inside the pocket and the joints are soldered together. A plumber who still works with the old stuff would appreciate that lead. I believe it's still the standard way to marry a new pipe to an old, flanged waste pipe.

Posted by Kathy from NJ (not verified) on

Thanks for the info about lead. I called the local plumber this morning and he'll be happy to take it, also found lots of brass or copper pieces, some with threads, and he'll take it all.