The 6th Little Monkey

by Ron Peckham
(Wikieup, Arizona)

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.
Thank you!

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May 04, 2009
How it Was Done
by: Ron Peckham

Credit for the process of bonding glass to glass must be given to famous Canadian artist Eric Weslow, who, at the age of 80, offered a seminar in 1999. Some of his works in this style welcome travelers to the Montreal Airport.

Basicly, 1/4inch plate glass is used as the base or canvas over your pattern. Pieces of glass are bonded to the base with clear silicone, preferably the type used for aquariums. Originally clear epoxys were used but very messy and time consuming.

Cleanliness is important(alcohol or acetone)and use silicone sparingly. Space glass similar to mosaics. Smooth/water glass is better than wavy textured or rippled glasses. Spaces can be filled with grout,liquid lead, or what works for you...experiment! Good Luck.

Apr 16, 2009
by: Susan

The work is beyond description and what a loving gesture. Do you have basic instructions on the process (would not need pattern--this is way out of my league). I have not heard of this process and am very interested. I am so new to stained glass but am loving every minute of working with it. Thanks.

Oct 25, 2008
by: Kim

I love it! How original and Peter Pannish....! FANTASTIC!!!

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