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Posted By Victoria Balva

It took one month, many completed and installed glass ceilings and a whole life to develop a project design for our Client in Connecticut. That included research, engineering, planning, hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1, digital drawing and 3D modeling in AutoCAD. It took another month to prepare glass for custom bevelling and to program our CNC machine to cut that glass. I estimate that it is more than 7 000 pieces of glass, 20 000 pieces of lead - all designed, cut, assembled and soldered into one large leaded glass canvas. 

 

Preliminary sketch drawings

 

hand drawing sketches of acanthus design elements for a leaded glass ceiling
Digital drawing and 3D modeling in AutoCAD in 1 to 1 scale

 

Design development and digital drawing of leaded glass dome
Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 helps to feel the scale, movement  and joint connections of leaded lines layout. Even without texture of glass the design should look as an intricate art linework with all observed composition rules.

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus ornament for large leaded glass dome
Last minute touch ups to the sketch before design presentation to the Client and the Client's team. Working from my home based studio

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome

After design was approved, I digitized all skylight elements and programmed the water jet machine for glass cutting

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome
Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

I finally had an opportunity to select a few images to present a stained glass dome skylight for our client in Connecticut, the USA. It got a romantic name New Haven, selected by our client.  The large leaded glass domed ceiling was installed this spring and it took 2 years from design development to installation to complete this ambitious skylight that is the largest and the most complex project in our portfolio up today.

Large leaded glass domed skylight with crystal jewels and bevelled glass

It has many features that were never attempted in glass design and fabrication before.  There is a massive set of thick custom beveled glass that puts a visual dynamic accent to the leaded glass skylight. Delicate elusive colors of glass selected for the project add mystery and inner glow into glass design. The glass for beveling was formed in our large computer controlled kiln, water jet cut and processed by experienced master beveled in Europe.

stained and leaded glass dome detail with custom beveled colored glass and crystal accent jewels for a large decorative glass ceiling

The leaded glass skylight is made of more than 7 000 pieces of glass and 20 000 pieces of lead came parts. All designed, cut, assembled and soldered into one large glass canvas of a complex ceiling structure. The skylight includes 360 pieces of CNC polished crystal jewels, 1 000 pieces of custom beveled glass, and additional 1 300 of stock beveled glass pieces. It has a very complex steel structure and was delivered to the site by large 53-foot truck

Leaded glass dome with acanthus bevelled glass ornament and crystal accent jewels

To see more images of this leaded glass domed skylight please follow the link https://crowndome.com/large-stained-leaded-glass-dome-skylight-new-heaven

Colored custom made bevelled glass acanthus with crystal jewels for a large leaded glass dome


 

 
 

 
Posted By Victoria Balva

Another project inspired by classical leaded glass skylights. I am working on an acanthus detail in scale 1 to 1 in old traditional technique of hand drawing. To feel the material, to understand a scale. I am thinking to fuse glass and then to custom bevel acanthus leaves to put a visual accent into main elements. Of course a lot of crystal jewels and special effects are in my mind

Hand drawing of acanthus ornamental element for a large leaded glass skylight
Hand drawing of acanthus ornament for a large leaded glass skylight
Hand drawing of ornament for a large leaded glass skylight
 


 


 
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