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The squid

DEEP BLUE SEA by Leslie Gibbs
published by CKE: ISBN 1-932327-07-X

This Leslie Gibbs' sequal to TROPICAL WATERS reviewed by us previously contains numerous sea designs. They are simple to complex with quite a lot of narrow wavey pieces of glass to cut.

I like some of the example photographs where Leslie has shown how using textured glass gives a real look of the sea. This book is excellent for that. There is a good section showing clever techniques for decorating stained glass projects by painting, etching or adding wire, etc.

There are many mermaids designs, so I cannot place it accurately in either adult or children genre. Both, I guess.

Another plus is that the colour plates show actual projects completed from the book.

Patterns include: Mermaid sprite, Sea Sprite onSea Horse, California Octopus, Squid, Octopus, Portuguese Man 'O War, Moon Jellyfish, Blue Tangs, Octopus, Grouper, Mermaid with Dolphin, Sea Horses, A fantastic Coral Reef Panel, Atlantic Spadefish, Angelfish, Fairy Basslet, Conch, Manatee, Clownfish, Sea StarReef Shark, Golden RAy, Sailfish

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Available from your stained glass merchant.


French Angelfish

TROPICAL WATERS by Leslie Gibbs
published by CKE, ISBN 0-935133-51-8

Another book by Leslie Gibbs based on wild life.in her tried and tested mould. It will delight her fans as it gives them a wealth of new easy to produce designs.

There are many sea life pictures, mostly designed for the young. As I have said with some of her other books, a little judicious work on the eyes and you can mature the designs easily.

Patterns include: Sea Horse, Manatee, Shark (very good) Marlin, Spinner Dolphin, Clownfish, French Angelfish, Sea Turtle, Sea shells, Mermaids,Dolphin and calf, Orca and calf, Blacktip Shark (also excellent), Spotfin Butterflyfish.

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Available from your stained glass merchant.


Bird of Paradise Fan Lamp

TROPICAL BREEZES by Leslie Gibbs
published by CKE, ISBN 0-935133-97-6

Another excellent book of tropical birds, animals and plants in Stained Glass. At least 30 full size patterns with colour photographs.

Excellent artwork, and useful notes on how to achieve good results are written alongside each design.

Another book that will make somebody a super Christmas present.

Patterns include: Flamingo. Tree Frog, Magnolia, Heliconia, Luna Moth, Lovebirds, Scarlet Macaw,Orchid, Pineapple, Plumerias, Green and Yellow Macaw, Hummingbird, Calla Lily.

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Review copy sent in by the author
Available from your stained glass merchant.


The Poodle by Bob Schneider

DOG SHOW II by Bob Schneider
published by CKE.

An excellent follow up to Bob's A Dog Show in Stained Glass reviewed here previously.
18 full size patterns with colour photographs.
Excellent artwork, and every dog clearly recognisable.

Each pattern has a few notes: a paragraph about the breed and a few construction tips. This book will make somebody a super Christmas present.

Patterns include: Afghan Hound, Airedale Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise (cross between a Maltese Poodle and a mop!), Boston Terrier, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Great Dane, Labrador, Old English Sheepdog, Papillon, Pointer, Poodle, Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, West Highland Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, and a Girl with two Chihuahuas.

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Available from Decorative Glass Supplies.


White Bengal Tiger in stained glass

Animal Kingdom by Leslie Gibbs
published by CKE Publications, ISBN 0-935133-67-4

In this, her fifth book for CKE, Leslie Gibbs has 22 wild animal patterns. The designs are pitched at hobbyists and are mostly children's designs. This is shown up by the tendency to have "humanised" faces with large eyes and smiles.

Nevertheless, many of the animal shapes are good, and the designs could be used for mature projects as well (with some artistic changes where required). The African Elephant and the White Tiger are two examples of this.

Although the author suggests the use of hobby paint to enhance the designs, there is no reason not to use more robust methods such as soldered foil, or even better, kiln fired paints. There are full instructions on how to achieve the required detail in these designs.

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Boxer in Stained Glass Greyhound instained glass

A DOG SHOW IN STAINED GLASS by Robert R. Schneider

This is a fantastic book. Not just for dog lovers either. The quality of the patterns is top notch. These dogs look like dogs, and look like the dogs they are meant to represent. I cannot praise the artwork enough.

Just look at the Boxer, and the Greyhound (my favourite!). There are 24 full size patterns.

The author is also an accomplished stained glass technician and he has written a comprehensive how-to section in respect of making the eyes, and mounting the dogs on plinths etc.

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Available from Decorative Glass Supplies Limited
reviewed 8th November 2000


Detail from More Australian Bush Beauties

MORE BUSH BEAUTIES

This is another excellent book from the prolific Aussie Jillian Sawyer.

There is a wealth of wild life light catchers in this book.  The drawings are very detailed. Just look at this close up of part of my favourite, the Roths Tree Frog (on Page 15).

There are over forty designs, all shown with excellent line drawings.  Nineteen colour photographs give very good ideas for colours.  As an aside, these photographs can also inspire us to improve the quality of our work.  The lead work and finish of Jillian's work is beyond comparison.

You do have to like making light catchers to want this book.  There are lots of slim and difficult cuts to make so the projects will take time and effort.   But what a result! 

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Available from TEMPSFORD STAINED GLASS

 


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