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Manatee Ocean Animal Stained Glass Suncatcher and Home Decor

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Handmade stained glass suncatcher of a grey glass manatee.

The manatee looks like she is upright in the water and looking slightly to the side. She is made of a light grey opaque glass that has some swirls of darker grey. The manatee has a rounded paddle tail at the bottom, then her body with the two flippers, and her head. I tried to give the feel of the wrinkles in the body with some of the solder lines. The face is painted on with black acrylic glass paint.

The manatee is 5 inches(12 cm) long and 2 inches (4.5 cm) wide. It hangs from a hook placed at the top of the head (as shown in the last photo of the back of the piece).

Manatees are fun animals-huge, slow moving, gentle, plant eaters that are found in warm southern US ocean water. They are also a big favorite of my daughter-and after hearing about them for so long from her, I was inspired to make one out of glass.

All my glass pieces are original designs. They are made using the Tiffany method of copper foil and solder, along with my own imaginings. Each piece will be unique because of the variance of patterns within the glass, and the handmade quality. More of my items can be viewed here http://www.fivesparrows.etsy.com

*There is lead in the solder that I use, so if you buy this item as a decoration for a child's room, it needs to be only decorative and kept out of reach. *

Frequently asked questions about FiveSparrows

I am happy to do a custom order if it is feasible to create. Don't hesitate to ask, and I can let you know if it is doable. I am happy to work with you on designs and colors, and will do some messaging back and forth with you to make sure you end up with a finished project that you enjoy.

I don't do anything that is copyrighted by someone else (team logos, movie characters etc) and am unable to do large leaded items.
Hang sun catchers on a stable hanger in a window-I would recommend a nail or hook over a suction cup. Outdoor garden art can be outside in the elements, as long as they are brought inside in the winter. (or a strong wind-use your judgement-I have garden stakes that stay out all summer and hold up fine)

Over time the glass and solder can get dusty or tarnished. The glass can be wiped clean with non-ammonia cleaner and a soft cloth. Car wax can also be applied over the piece and then buffed off with a soft rag. This will clean the solder lines and shine the glass as well.
My items are shipped between layers of cardboard, and tied with a raffia ribbon. I am happy to add a note if you are sending the item as a gift. Just send me a message or a note when ordering of what you would like included.
I am happy to do wholesale pricing if you are ordering over 10 of an item. My ability to do large orders is limited by time - it is just one person creating, so I can only work so fast. Please ask about wholesale items though and remember to allow extra time for the creating process.
Item size is included in each listing. If you have a question, please ask.

Manatee Ocean Animal Stained Glass Suncatcher and Home Decor


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: glass, solder, copper foil, acrylic paint
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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