Handcrafted and carefully designed, one of a kind lead stained glass panels and suncatchers created by Los Angeles based artist, Debbie Bean. Her process begins by designing her concepts in Illustrator to create a pattern that is then printed on paper. These patterns, known as a cartoon are the templates from which the panels and hangings are created on.
Each piece of glass is hand picked, then brought back to her studio where they are cut and joined by lead came strips to create intricate pieces. Due to the variations inherent in how the glass sheets are manufactured, no two pieces of glass will ever be identical. Depending on the size and weight of the piece, the final pieces are finished in either a lead, copper or zinc came border and in some instances housed in a hand made wood frame.
Her pieces are all based in traditional lead stained glass practices, however, as Debbie works in an organic nature, letting the glass guide her in the process, the final designs can change from the original concept as the work progresses. Therefore, while sold out designs can be recreated, each piece will always be unique.
The same amount of care and attention to detail goes into the making of Debbie's copper foiled pieces. This method was made popular by L.C. Tiffany at the turn of the century. Glass is carefully wrapped with copper foil and then soldered together and depending on the project is either left with it's natural finish or a final application of copper or black patina is used on the solder.
More organic in form than her panels, the mosaic home goods line still encompasses Debbie's aesthetic. Stained glass pieces are carefully chosen and cut by hand. Each piece is laid out in an original design and then cement is carefully hand poured to form each object. Once the cement has cured, each piece is sanded by hand and finished with small felt pads to protect your furniture. No piece will ever be identical, creating a truly one of kind and functional piece of art.
Debbie's fused glass hangings are made by a process of melting specialty glass in a kiln to create new formed glass pieces. The process of using "warm glass" this way allows her to further her scope of work to unique shapes and colors not available in traditional lead based designs.