A Practice Stained Glass Box

5 years ago 23
Posted in: Work in Progress

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I’ve spent the last week brushing up on my glass-working skills by making a practice display box. It turned out with a decidedly Victorian flair, which was likely inspired by seeing Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak two weeks ago.

What a wonderful Gothic scary-fairy tale for grown ups! It wasn’t so much about ghosts or monsters, as much as it was about monstrous people. I think it had a lot of nuance and reminded me of actual Victorian era crimes of serial killers George Joseph Smith and H.H Holmes. I think the film might have been partly influenced and informed by them. But I digress.

I constructed my practice display case from glass recycled from my old picture frames, and then engraved the door with high-speed diamond tip burs. Making it was a lot of fun: scoring and cutting the glass, soldering it together with brass came and assembling it into a functional object. Twice over. It turns out I’m terrible at measuring. The hinges gave me the most trouble, but I eventually conquered them .

Machine glass-engraving is a more recent interest of mine. Last year I wanted to make some monogrammed glass terrariums as Christmas gifts for my family, and decided to try it out and see where it went. Engraving this case was my 3rd engraving project since then and a good exercise for a certain future piece I’m planning.

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23 Responses

  1. Yuxi says:

    Very exciting to see your creative horizons expanding ;)

  2. Yuxi says:

    1, I love it already;
    2, dig the necklace! New piece?

  3. Lynne says:

    Wow! That is very beautiful!!! I love the gold accents
    and the ornate key, can’t wait to see what goes inside!!!!
    Fabulous work x

  4. Melissa says:

    It’s beautiful! I am always on the lookout for an item like this to display dolls, but none are ever quite right. I guess you have found the same, so what could be better than making your own!! I can’t wait to see who you display in it!

  5. Kiersten says:

    You did a fabulous job. It’s quite beautiful! Very exciting to see you try new things how how it will translate with your dolls! Can’t wait ^_^

  6. Sonia Anne says:

    Oh my gosh, this case is beautiful! Your talents are endless! I would love a case such as this for my Resin Enchanted Doll. Good luck with your machine-glass engraving! Can’t wait to see more!

  7. Merri says:

    This is such a beautiful display case!

  8. Annina says:

    That’s really beautiful, I love the floral design and that you kept the engraving design simple. It’s perfect to display a doll in!

  9. Amal says:

    There’s nothing you can’t do, Marina – Come on and conquer the world already!

  10. laura says:

    Wow! That was fascinating to watch and the piece is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Jayne Wourms says:

    So beautiful!! I think I would need about 10 glass panels to make one side if I were doing it!

  12. Anthony says:

    Seriously Marina is there NOTHING you can not do you artistic genius you!!!! This is absolutely breathtaking!!!! It would be soOoOo incredible to see one of your masterpieces floating in one of these gorgeous glass chests!!! I am such a sucker for anything glass, and this totally does it for me. Just GORGEOUS <3

  13. berthawong says:

    Nice work, not just the detailing on the glass panels also about the key lock and the key chain too!

  14. Myst says:

    this really is a beautiful piece. the minimal scroll work and gold accents give it a delicate way of standing out. really gorgeous.

  15. Cjoy says:

    Thanks for the video. You have the best toys/tools Marina !

  16. Mrs. Annette says:

    Your unselfish sharing of this magnificent study and art/technique brings me back to a period where my grandparents’ friend a carpenter who made beautiful game board pieces… This work you accomplish is a historical art… Sure the museums in the USA would appreciate your work ethic and beautiful photos of the art…
    Like your explanation even if it is a digression from the article your are writing. Like your literary and historical developments and interests in your art… Thanks! Mrs. atk

  17. sarah says:

    What a lovely project- you are like a beloved artist friend of mine, always always on to learning something completely new and challenging, and doing a beautiful job at it.

  18. Chepseh says:

    I was sadly disappointed by the overall story *sniff*, but at least music and design of Crimson Peak were imho be-auuu-ti-ful. Fine actors, too.

    It seems your work never disappoints in its high quality, whether dolls or jewelry or this glass box. I presume you could knit the most delightful, elegant wool socks as well.

  19. Crystal says:

    Beautiful work!

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