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Bonsai Stained Glass Window

Q: What do you do when your little Chinese Auntie  asks you to build her a stained glass window after her house burns down with everything she’s ever owned; Treasured memories, furniture from travels in Europe, an art collection from favorite local artists; Auntie Fung’s place is where the community gathered to dance, sing, write poetry, create wreaths during Christmas, etc.

A: Well, you do whatever it takes to build her a window!  Despite not having worked with stained glass for the past eight years, it all came together rather well, and became a community project as my sister, mom, and family friends stopped by to check out the project, lend a hand, and spend some precious time together building a window, creating memories, and contributing collective energies to a window which will filter the light in a meditation room in Auntie Fung’s new house <3

Drafting the Bonsai Window based on concept drawing and a page out of a calendar
Bonsai Window completed pattern
Bonsai Window completed pattern
Measurements must be scientific and accurately calculated.   Sarcasm alert: measurements were pretty rough and off by about 1/4 inch…but we made it work ;)
Glass was ordered online and delivered to Hilo, Hawai‘i where the window was constructed in my mom’s garage
First the background…
Mom helping with the copper foiling
Mom helping with the copper foiling
Uruboros glass has a great mottled texture for the pine needles
Uruboros glass has a great mottled texture for the pine needles
Pieces are cut, ground, foiled, then soldered
Uncle Mike installed the window in the meditation room
Uncle Mike installed the window in the meditation room

Looks cool from the inside and outside :)
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8 thoughts on “Bonsai Stained Glass Window”

  1. wow, Jules. great blog. I love the finished product. how did the ohia tree get so much action in the photo from outside?

    1. Thanks Wilda!

      The sun must have been at the right angle to create an ideal reflection ~ just a point and shoot with the Nikon ~

  2. How can I buy the pattern. Thanks. I’m a member of a bonsai club, and I work on stained glass for 30 years.

    1. Aloha Ted,

      This pattern was one-of-a-kind and exclusively designed for our Aunty Fung based on a concept that she provided. It is not for sale although I’d be happy to create new designs in the future.

      Mahalo,

      Jules

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