This Sea Turtle Stained Glass Window was inspired by my father’s love of the turtles he swam with as a child in the ocean surf of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is the only indigenous reptile found in Hawaii, but for Hawaiians, the Honu is a symbol of good luck (pōkole) and wisdom (akamai) in the form of a guardian spirit. My father brought his love of turtles to the mainland, friending small turtles in his home in Sacramento.
The Sea Turtle window is handcrafted using the copper foil (Tiffany) method. Each of the 65 pieces of glass 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 zinc frame is affixed, and the hangers and chain are affixed. After inspection and cleaning a black patina is applied, and then polished. As the final step, each window is thoroughly cleaned and waxed.
The Sea Turtle window panel measures 22-1/2″ x 11-3/4″ and is ready to hang.
Each window panel is a unique work of art; the images shown are a general representation of the finished item, but colors will vary slightly.
Starting with the hand-blown rondel – a circular piece of blown glass spun into a circular shape – I designed the rest of the piece around it. The dimensionality and bubbles of the rondel contribute to the distinctive beauty of the final piece.
The Three Moon Phases Stained Glass Window features the Waxing, Full, and Waning phases of the moon. One variation shows Crescent moons and one shows Gibbous, and several color variations are available as well.