Happy Memorial Day! What are you doing with this sweet sweet day off?
I’m working on a project that I’ve had in the queue for a while, but have been keeping at a creative simmer while waiting for the ah-ha! moment. Time to put some pencil to paper!
The story goes: we’ve got a good friend, currently stationed overseas, who plays Magic: The Gathering. And I do mean play. He doesn’t just mess around! He’s commissioned me to make a life counter, which have become popular accessories as of late. Most are clever affairs made with intricate paper cutting out of the cards themselves. This counter, however, will be made out of stained glass. My provided inspiration: the Gift of Orzhova, by Johannes Voss. This is one of the most gorgeous Magic cards I’ve ever seen, and I’m thrilled to be doing this one!
How? I’m not sure of that yet myself. But I’ve got some ides and I WILL figure this out. My approach will likely be to take a page from those paper cutters and layer glass in the style of Tiffany and Robert Oddy. The first step has been to get the tracing paper out and begin deconstructing the original and picking out the dominant lines and elements. The wings will be their own and likely the top layer. The individual feathers I’ll paint with kiln-fired enamels to get that ephemeral look without the distraction of lead lines. For the hair and figure, I’m exploring the use of cut copper foil overlay. Finally, the background will be reduced to the basic directional lines to make an abstract, not too busy setting to draw the eye back to the central figure.
The borders and the well(s) for the counter beads are a whole ‘nother can of worms. I’m considering making a frame with fused glass that I can then install the layered art block into. I could even get on the torch and make custom spacer beads. Another idea bouncing around in my head is to style the whole thing on a Japanese soroban (abacus). So many possibilities in this that it makes my head spin!
I’ve also been making use of Pinterest to help me collect my thoughts and start the connections going in my head. Check out what I have so far on my Orzhova board!