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O hai thar Internets, I need vital informations! Imagine a pictorial stained glass window for a church, about 1x2 metres. How long would it, in Denmark in the 16th century, have taken to do each of:
a) source coloured glass (or might one have it lying around)?
b) cut said glass into appropriately shaped bitties?
c) join the bitties together and have a glorious window?

I'm grasping at straws in my chronology and if I get inconvenient answers I'll have to rewrite this scene again from scratch.

I mean, I already have to write it again from scratch, because the conversations started in the wrong order, but I'll have to write it again from scratch without a stained glass window, and that stained glass window was going to merge a couple of plot strands, a couple of theme strands, and a whole heap of OMG PRETTY.

Just so you know why I'm going to be bald in a day or two when my artist friend comes back from her glass class with informations for me.

Update #1: Thanks all, I'm growing increasingly resigned to Plan A being the stuff of deals with the devil and, on the upside, increasingly optimistic about my new shiny Plan C potentially working. (Plan B was unsatisfactory.)

Update #2: (written at the same time as update #1) Semi-related revelations force me to admit that I now need to rewrite part of the penultimate scene. "One step forward, two steps back" strikes again!

Date: 2010-04-12 06:52 am (UTC)
gwyn_bywyd: My cat, curled on my bed, looking smug (Kitty on bed)
From: [personal profile] gwyn_bywyd
Hi, I'm here via the 'latest things' page. *waves* What a fascinating question, I sincerely wish I could help you!

My sense, in no way substantiated by research, is that generally such things were done by groups of people in the 16th century. But it is highly probable that you already knew that :-)

I'm dying to know, what is depicted in said stained glass window? Or would that be a spoiler?!

Date: 2010-04-12 09:54 am (UTC)
ext_245057: painted half-back picture of me that looks more like me than any photograph (Default)
From: [identity profile] irinarempt.pip.verisignlabs.com
Wow.

<awed silence>

As I said, wow.

Date: 2010-04-12 10:50 am (UTC)
gwyn_bywyd: My cat, curled on my bed, looking smug (Kitty on bed)
From: [personal profile] gwyn_bywyd
you appear to be extremely relevant to my interests. Which I guess works vice versa too

I'm frankly a little unnerved. Unnerved and delighted! Thank you once again, Dreamwidth!

As for your book, I will have to echo the previous commenter and say "Wow ... just wow." I'm pretty sure I DO know a window with a Last Supper under a Crucifixion, but not with the wonderful lining up of the chalice and all that symbolism. Because surely I would have noticed that. SURELY?! It is about two hours drive away but now I have a yearning for a road-trip (Reality is bound to hit and I can find a parishioner to tell me!)

As to if they would let him try this, I don't think it is so far beyond the pale. I guess it depends somewhat on if he is a "master craftsman" (ie must he answer to anyone on the making side of things) and his relationship with the bishop or whatever ecclesiastical authority has commissioned/authorised the window. But surely they would go "WOW, yeah!" too! :-)

And this is a sequel you say? *trots off to figure out how to get paws on first book*

Date: 2010-04-12 03:05 pm (UTC)
ext_245057: painted half-back picture of me that looks more like me than any photograph (Default)
From: [identity profile] irinarempt.pip.verisignlabs.com
*trots off to figure out how to get paws on first book*

Er, ask zeborah and she'll send you the MS for beta-reading?

Date: 2010-04-13 04:32 am (UTC)
gwyn_bywyd: My cat, curled on my bed, looking smug (Kitty on bed)
From: [personal profile] gwyn_bywyd
Huh, can't figure out how to put a picture into a comment. But you can find a kinda blurry and not big enough picture of the window I'm talking about here:

http://www.stjamesanglicanchurchmorpeth.com.au/files/3093240/uploaded/Window.jpg

I can't begin to imagine the hassle it would be persuading people to publish a book. Let alone that heart and soul have been poured into it, so rejection is not so easy to shrug off. But I would love to read it :-)

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