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Thanks for stopping by! If you want to get back to my shop click here http://www.etsy.com/shop/fivesparrows
If you want to learn some stuff about me-please read on!

Just who is the person behind FiveSparrows?
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I'm Colleen Burdsall - my glass love started at a summer job in college. I learned how to make stained glass and then taught others-what a great job! Over the 16 years since then, I have been making glass pieces in between raising three adorable children. I mainly use the copper foil method and like making traditional style suncatchers and candleholders. What really excites me though is taking the basic method and creating patterns and ideas that are a little more fun and unique. I like experimenting with styles and designs to end up with something original and different. I also enjoy…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 5
  • Joined December 31, 2008

Favorite materials

textured glass, iridescent glass, wire, glass bottles, coffee, imagination

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About

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to get back to my shop click here http://www.etsy.com/shop/fivesparrows
If you want to learn some stuff about me-please read on!

Just who is the person behind FiveSparrows?
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I'm Colleen Burdsall - my glass love started at a summer job in college. I learned how to make stained glass and then taught others-what a great job! Over the 16 years since then, I have been making glass pieces in between raising three adorable children. I mainly use the copper foil method and like making traditional style suncatchers and candleholders. What really excites me though is taking the basic method and creating patterns and ideas that are a little more fun and unique. I like experimenting with styles and designs to end up with something original and different. I also enjoy working with recycled glass, like wine bottles, and turning them into an art piece.


That's great, but how exactly does this whole stained glass thing work?
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A little bit about how a stained glass piece is made: It all starts with a pattern- all of mine are original drawings. The pattern pieces are cut out and traced onto the appropriate glass, then the glass is cut roughly to that shape. I grind each separate piece down until it fits smoothly into my original pattern. I always love the end result of grinding-it is like finishing a puzzle correctly. Once the grinding is done, the glass is given a bath in rubbing alcohol and copper foil is applied to each piece. Then the whole thing is soldered together. As part of the soldering, the seams are all beaded up on the front and the back, and I also bead my edges to make it look more finished. I then add homemade wire hooks-usually I put two per piece, and embed them in the solder seams on the back for more stability. Now comes the final step-the finished item is cleaned and polished with a finishing compound. For most pieces I will hang them with clear 10lb fishing line, although the heavier items will have chains.

For a closer look at how a piece comes together, I took some photos of the process. You can see them here: http://www.facebook.com/FiveSparrows#!/album.php?aid=178438&id=62571233738


And what is this charity that I donate to?
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I also want to be able to give back to others, so a portion of profits will go to Compassion International. We have sponsored two children through Compassion for over 10 years now and love how the organization makes a difference in the world.

For more information about Compassion, this is their official description statement:

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 26 countries.
www.compassion.com




"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God." Luke 12:6


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