The Broken Glass Project took shattered glass filled with memories, tradition and sentiment and turned the pieces into an incredible work of art!
This project was such an exciting one for our client. Twenty-five years ago she and her husband married. As a way of commemorating their wedding, they broke a wine glass. After the ceremony, these significant pieces were stashed away. Today it was time to pull the memories out and turn them into a unique gift for our client's husband!
We decided to create a tree design concept out of the broken wine glass pieces that would be mounted on a crisp white canvas mat board, giving the delicate glass shards an elegant backdrop. We went with two mouldings that would be stacked in the frame design. The outside moulding is slightly thicker and has a rippled detail that works beautifully with the uneven pieces of glass. We then stacked a thinner straight-lined moulding on the inside, that gives the work subtle drama and interest. Because the shards are 3D, the finishing art glass had to float above the design.
Designing for a project like this has its challenges. The glass pieces are not flat so mounting them is difficult as the adhesive needs to make contact with both the object and the mat board. The solution is to use a very thick adhesive, which is impossible to conceal under the clear glass shards.
Our head artisan took this challenge and turned it into a design detail! If you look carefully, you'll notice that the glue is positioned towards the bottom of each shard of glass. This slight detail creates a level of consistency throughout the design that otherwise would have appeared haphazard.
The end result is stunning! And our client was overwhelmed by the results. We couldn't have asked for anything more!