The luna moth perches on a leaf, its bright green wings folded over its body. Suddenly the insect spreads its wings to reveal their great size. This moth’s wingspan can stretch four and a half inches—about the same length as an iPhone.
The newly hatched, very hungry caterpillar munches on the leaves of walnut, hickory, sweet gum, and paper birch trees. After about a month of filling up on these plants, the caterpillar builds a cocoon and lives inside the cocoon for about three weeks, then emerges as a moth.
The insect doesn’t have a mouth or a digestive system. That’s because it only lives for about a week after leaving the cocoon, and it doesn’t ever eat.
The glass for this piece was carefully chosen for its color and texture. Opaque green glass for the moth and white iridized glass was used for the moon. The clear seedy glass and green glass blobs complete the piece.
The piece is completed using the tiffany method where each piece is individually cut and ground to size, and the edges are dressed. The edges of each piece are wrapped in copper foil, which is then burnished. The glass pieces are soldered together, the channel frame and hangers are affixed. After inspection and cleaning a patina is applied, and then polished. As the final step each window is thoroughly cleaned and waxed.
Each window panel is a unique work of art; the image/s shown are actual photos of the finished item.
The framed window measures 10.25″x10.25″.
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