The 6th Little Monkey
by Ron Peckham
The "Five Little Monkeys" rhyme was the inspiration for this project, which was designed and created for my autistic grandson when he learned the song during his pre-school year. Now 9 years old, it hangs in his bedroom. The three-dimensional piece consists of 250+ pieces bonded to clear 1/4" plate glass with green baroque glass bonded to reverse side, creating a very tropical appearance. No use of lead or copper foil. All spaces filled with epoxy or liquid lead. Twelve alligator teeth cut and fitted with diamond saw and high speed grinder. Polished stones line lower edge, twisted black cotton rope finish off custom half frame. Grandson Jonathan's photo bonded to glass hides in large tree. I call him the 6th Little Monkey.
Design changes and construction in my spare time required about 8 to 10 months. I like experimenting and expanding glassworking possibilities. I've been working with stained glass since 1976.