"Poinsettias" was originally designed as the
centerpiece of a door panel for a specialty cabinet shop making
Victorian styled cabinets for the display of antique slot
machines. The machine this panel was designed to complement is
shown here. The obvious design cue from this machine is
the hand-painted Poinsettia flowers that adorn its front.
Internet search and selection of a dozen
was conducted to study the details and characteristics of this
flower. Several images were imported as backgrounds in separate
design windows and were traced with Glass Eye 2000. This was
followed by some editing to eliminate detail that would not fit
in the scale of the proposed panel and to smooth out some of the
lines for future glass cutting considerations.
In designing the first series of panels I had decided to use
a consistent border strip and use whatever design cues I picked
up from individual machines as a composition in a central oval
in the panel. I designed the rectangular frame, border strips,
and central oval to fit the cabinet door frame dimensions,
selected lead came line properties, selected glass in
traditional colors used on the majority of antique slot
machines, and saved the "frame" design file. From that point
whatever I designed for the oval could be dimensioned and copied
to the oval to finish a panel design.
I selected three of the poinsettia tracing files,
dimensioned, copied, and pasted them in an arrangement within
the oval frame. A little editing eliminated overlapping lines
and added connections between elements. A blue ribbon trailing
through the flowers was added as a point of interest and to
unify the composition. With the high level of detail using small
glass pieces, I chose a 3/32" face width copper foil for the
Since this panel would be installed in a cabinet without
interior lighting, I focused on the reflective properties of
glass, rather than its light transmission properties. I chose
Spectrum Silver Coats to highlight, brighten, and add sparkle to
the flowers. I also chose a simple clear glue chip glass for the
surround to further highlight the flowers in a subdued,
A one-page, colored copy of the design file was printed and
reviewed with the shop owner. As fortune would have it, he had a
1929 Mills Poinsettia Front slot machine in his shop undergoing
a complete restoration at that time. He ordered this panel to
put in the cabinet he was also making for this machine.
(Sometimes you just get lucky!)
At this phase of the project I learned that
it is quite easy to design things with Glass Eye 2000 that are
not so easy to build. The 9" x 23-3/4" "frame" was easy. The
flowered oval was roughly 7" x 17" with many pieces smaller than
¼" and quite a few intricate curves. It was a challenge and I had committed
to a delivery, but it soon became apparent that I would not make
money on this panel. There were simply too many labor hours
involved to execute this design at this scale.
The finished panel appears as the first image to the right. This panel was sold to the cabinet shop owner as a
"one-only" unique design at basically the cost of materials and
labor. The wholesale price to which I had originally committed
was calculated to yield a small profit.
That small profit was
eaten by unforeseen labor content.
When this panel was delivered, I also
presented a revised design for future deliveries. The cabinet
shop owner readily agreed to the revised design, shown here
underneath the original version.
The revised design for the cabinet shop consisted of about 30
minutes of editing in Glass Eye 2000. I deleted two of the
flowers in the original design and enlarged the single remaining
flower until it mostly filled the upper two-thirds of the oval.
Free hand drawing, I added additional petals and lengthened the
stem. I then re-drew the ribbon and manipulated its shape by
dragging the knots around until I was happy with the appearance
and balance of the design. I kept the same glass selections that
I had in the original design. The design revision was done just
hours before delivery of the panel. Without Glass Eye 2000 I
would not have had time to redraw the pattern and present my
alternative design proposal when I delivered the finished panel.
Glass Eye 2000 helped me maintain a professional image and avoid
awkward explanations and follow-up promises.
Revising the pattern for "Design of the Month"
At a larger scale the original design is more practical to
construct, and revising it for Design of the Month is also a
good example for a common use of Glass Eye 2000.
The oval section from the original rectangular panel was
selected, copied, and pasted into a new design. It was then
dimensioned to a larger size and the widths of the lead lines
were widened to keep them proportional to the larger design. The glass selections were changed
to adapt the pattern for a window rather than a cabinet door
panel. All in all, it took about
five minutes of editing to adapt the original design to a new
To make this project more appealing, the dimensions have been
set to fit a standard 17-1/2" x 28-3/8" (opening), 2" wide
McNeil Oval Oak Frame. McNeil frames are available through most
stained glass suppliers.
About the artist
Joseph 2bears Art Glass Studio is a husband and wife
home-based business located in Lomita, California (near the Los
Angeles Harbor). Started as a hobby and part-time business in
1981, it was transformed into a full-time business in 2003 when
I took an early retirement from an Engineering career. I design stained glass panels, while Vicki Lynn does glass
etching and engraving.
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to learn more about our studio and view samples of our work, or
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~ Joseph 2bears
in Glass Eye 2000 format
This pattern may be used to make one or more artworks
for sale or personal enjoyment. This pattern may be
printed for personal use only and may not be sold or
given away in printed or electronic form.
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