Reinforcing Branches

This sketch is a presentation drawing for a laylight we’re beginning to create for a home in Maryland. It represents the branches we will solder sculpture and patina to look realistic. After we finish the basic window we will attach a multitude of our flameworked leaves in various colors to represent early spring to early summer.

The laylight is five feet by five feet. One of the challenges we face is how to support it’s weight while horizontal. Part of the solution is to insert overlapping finishing nails in the spaces for the branches before we fill them with solder. On the larger branches, we will solder 1/8 x 3/8 inch reinforcing bars in the spaces.

If everything works as planned, our finish design will be uninterrupted by traditional structural bars.