Leaded Stained Glass Foxglove Garden Stake
This large stained glass garden stake is a real showstopper and a definite talking piece! It is a magnificent sculptural piece of art and makes a fantastic focal point in your garden – especially near a table and chairs where you can sit and gaze at it all day long.
For those of us that aren’t gifted with green fingers, this foxglove inspired leaded stake brings stunning colour to your garden all year round. This glass sculpture has marine grade stainless steel legs ensuring they will not rust and is cemented so it is fully waterproof – safe to leave out all year round.
Including the legs, this piece stands a colossal 81cm tall! The long legs (42cm) ensure this sculptural piece can be planted securely in the ground. The leaded glass work itself is approx. 17.5cm wide x 39cm high.
Please note due to the size and weight of this piece it is sent via ParcelForce 48 and cannot be combined with smaller items from my shop so must be ordered separately.
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This gorgeous garden stake is my own unique design, inspired by the bell flowers of foxgloves. They feature a selection of stunning stained glass with various textures – all of which cast fabulous pattern in shadows as light is thrown through.
Each piece of the pattern is hand drawn on the glass, hand cut using traditional methods and any sharp edges smoothed off.
Leaded pieces are built up in stages, starting with a frame. I use a deeper channel of lead came (came is the term for a strip/length of lead) on the sides of each stake, so that marine grade stainless steel rods can be secured inside the length of the stake. These provide additional stability and neat built-in legs, so you don’t need to worry about your garden art blowing over in strong gusts or rusting in damp conditions.
Each piece of glass is slotted into the frame, with another piece of lead inserted along the top. Whilst the piece is being built up, I use traditional horseshoe (farrier) nails to hold everything in place before each joint is carefully soldered.
The final stages ensure that water can’t creep in the gaps between the glass and lead. This waterproofing is achieved by cementing the piece; specialist leadlight cement is brushed into all of the gaps ensuring none remain. Cementing also increases the strength of a piece. The piece is polished at this stage to pick up some of the darker colouring of the cement. Excess cement is unpicked after an initial drying period (usually 1 or 2 days), giving a crisp line that runs along each edge of the lead came. I always allow a week for cemented pieces to fully set and harden before a final polish and then being carefully packaged for posting.
This foxglove stake measures approximately 17.5cm wide x 81cm high overall (the leaded glasswork is around 39cm high, with 42cm legs).
Glass, lead, solder, leadlight cement, marine grade stainless steel.
No two pieces are ever exactly alike as every sheet of glass has its own unique characteristic when it is produced; be that in it’s wispy lines, bubbles and other textures. As such please be aware that any piece you order from me will always have slight variation from the example photographs. Before sending out your order I will send you picture(s) of your piece to ensure you are entirely happy with it. Please bear in mind that glass colour changes greatly depending how much light, along with the quality of that light, shining through it – every piece can look quite different as the light changes throughout the day. I always try to ensure that my photographs capture a true likeness of the glass colour.
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