Cole Community Church in Boise, Idaho is participating in the Cross
Twelve volunteer groups or individual artists were given the
opportunity to create a cross.
Each month a different cross is displayed. During Easter
season, all the crosses will be displayed.
we saw the Cross
Collaboration video at church, we signed up right away.
We were excited to be able to use
our talents for the Lord.
project is a hybrid of stained glass, mosaic techniques and lighting.
is the original design.
cross is 8' tall and 6' wide.
project was so big, we had to move the big work table out into the
room and raise it up on blocks.
Hootie the dog was not amused.
project has gone through MANY changes and has evolved over the 2 months
we have worked on it.
put the cross together with glue and an air nailer.
glued tinfoil on the inside to help reflect the light.
hung a big piece of paper on the wall and started laying out the design.
transferring the design to the wood, we cut out the holes for the
of the first glass pieces she made was the crown. You can see the fine
soldering detail in the picture on the right.
didn't feel confident enough to properly create a realistic face out of
glass so we decided to go with an illusion.
man can look at the face of god - Exodus
of our ideas was to use different glass
for the face, hair and
first face that she made had an unexpected appearance.
The beard looked
more like a bandana.
didn't like the 'Stagecoach Bandit' look so she made another face
without the beard.
We think it looks better.
stained glass is held together with lead which is soldered together.
needed something to hold the glass to the wood.
silicone caulking and made a test piece which worked out great.
normal procedure for filling in between the glass pieces is to use a
cement type grout which cures very stiff.
was concerned that if the
cross flexed, it would crack the glass.
solved this problem by using
more silicone grout between the pieces, in two contrasting colors.
Here's the detail of the
hand showing the light and with notes on caulking.
had planned on using rope lights to illuminate the see-through pieces
but they didn't have the punch I was looking for.
I tried using
60w chandelier bulbs but they gave off too much heat and looked uneven
finally settled on fluorescent bulbs.
I used a 4' shop
light for the vertical part of the cross and 3 smaller units for the
hands and feet.
lighting fixtures are mounted to the back.
the bigger units meant that I would have to make the cross thicker to
accommodate the fixtures.
This led to a concern that it would be too
heavy to hang on the existing cross.
We were relieved to discover the load bearing
capacity was 100 pounds.
finished cross weighs sixty
I was pleased
with how good
the flourescent lights looked.
and inspiration crew.
Jan, Trish, Donovan,
Les, Steve and Me.
Yeah, I took the picture.
McDonald has been a Stained Glass artist for 35 years.
Her work appears
in various Las Vegas churches and in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Pat, was a stagehand for 30 years. He was the Head Lightman at Bally's
when he retired.