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Some recent cases.

 

1)  A Pteridolgist

My  customer  is a Pteridolgist   (specialist fern collector to you and me) and had spent a lot of time on the internet trying to find someone who made Wardian Cases.  My specialty is making cases in a Victorian style reminiscent of period Engine Houses  using coloured glass from old leaded light windows.  

Photos below:  Left
I  developed the facade with a fanlight.  Cutting the arch for the fanlight can be a bit tricky. All the books you see on glass cutting say  that when scoring;  "begin an  one side of the glass, end at the other. Do not stop, pause or otherwise interrupt the score". In this case I score  a semicircle  and stop! I  then pick up the score on the  tangential to the horizontal diameter  and extend the score to produce  what will become the two verticals.

The coloured glass for the eaves has gone on.  Small pieces placed in  a simple  pattern. No doors as yet.

Right. Now with doors the right hand door is fixed, the left hand door swings open.  

 

 

Photos left and right below:The side and back panels with the curved tops make for strong visual interest.  Because the central panel is wider than the two adjacent panels,  an arc of greater radius is required  if the semicircles are to meet at the panel seams. Consequently,  the effect of the centre panel having an arc of greater radius is that it is "higher" than the adjacent panels  so providing additional visual interest.

Photos Below;  

Right. The structure is 600mm tall (2') and has a base 300mm (1') square. Almost a square meter of glass was used,  with   3 kilos of solder and 91 discrete pieces of glass. It took  3 x 8 ish x hour days to make.  

Left. View of the roof.

Photos Below

Two photographs one  with the door open, one with the door closed.  The door hinges open with a slight  tug. When closed the case is almost (but not quite) sealed. The door can be lifted off its hinges if required.

 

 

 

2) Lou's Wardian Case

Quite large this one, I got a bit carried away in the making process... The construction begins with the base and as I had failed to take any measurements  from previous versions I was obliged to   guess the sizes

Nowadays  the case sits  at the end of a landing in a lovely deep and  quite narrow  west facing window bayin  Lou's home .

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan's Case.

A commission by Jonathan  which is loosely modelled on the Type Victorian .  Eight sides  and a conical form are common  to each version but,  this one is wider at the base  albeit  the same height.

 

If you look closely  you can see the door. It leans  against and goes around  the diamond  shaped piece of glass.  A fine piece of wire is the handle that allows the door to be lifted away from the case.

The large base  allows a lot of planting with perhaps a specimen plant in the middle.

 

 

Below

A similar case this time with a small motif on the front. The door in this example is at the back of the case.

 

 

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