Friday, 7 December 2007

What? No buggy whips anymore?

These are horseshoe nails.

Funny headed, flat sided things of no particular beauty.

Not a big mover at the hardware stores of Melbourne but there are people who ride horses. Or have young daughter who do, so there is a native market for them.

Now I am not a 'horsy' person.

I consider that a horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.

So why do I have a jar of horseshoe nails in the shed?

For stained glass, of course.

The flat sides of the nails are good for hold glass pieces in place while you assemble the pieces. Normal round nails are not as easy to pull out of the base board and are prone to chip the edges of the glass.

The state of play with the window is that all the pieces (143 of them) for the top panel have been cut and are now waiting their appointment with the horseshoe nails. There were a few minor deviations from the original drawing (eg one flower disappeared and I ad-libbed on colours a fair bit) but, by and large, it is taking shape. Below is the jigsaw of all the pieces.



  1. Wow I don't know all these..okay that stained glass window is a really cool thing you want to create..Margaret will be happy when she's back!

  2. I am so impressed!! such talent!!

  3. I'm amused... I looked at the horseshoe nails and saw .... a thing of beauty.

    I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.

  4. I am envy with people that have talent in making thing. For me, to even to modify my hamster glass tank is not an easy job.

  5. this is so exciting! i love watching everything come together...and wish i had a bit of that artistic talent.

    so how is the glass made? or do you cut it from bigger pieces?

  6. We call them Farriers nails here, which is the same thing at the end of the day.

    Looking good, Lee.



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