A few images of
Cole Sonafrank's artwork
© Copyright Cole Sonafrank 1990-2000
Visit my Faces in Stained Glass page
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The Dancer, 11/97 (16"x20")
- Framed and backlit showing the pinks well
- Un-foiled dancer glass pieces
- The Dancer with uneven shadows behind it
The Geophysical Institute Logo, 6/99 (31")
- Notes about this gift to Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu from the Geophysical Institute
- A dual-lit view showing bronze letters inlaid into mahogany frame
- Front lit, also showing the bronze letters. Here's how they were made
- A dual-lit view showing dichroic aurora glass
Sensual Gladiolusness, 5/98 (16"x20")
Mushroom & Cranberries, 1997 (9"x13")
Ffflower, 1996 (16"x20")
One of the many reasons I enjoy creating custom glass art is that it's a great excuse to play with awesome sheets of hand made art glass. I have little interest in plain and simple glass and so rarely use it. My favorites come from Uroboros (samples), Youghiogheny (samples), Kokomo (samples), Lamberts (awesome streakies), Bullseye (samples), Blenko, and Chicago Art Glass.
Another unusual feature of my glass work is that it's lead-free. Originally I used Canfield's pewter solder, but I don't like its dull gray. Despite the expense I switched to Canfield's Silvergleem (a near eutectic alloy of Tin and Silver which melts at 430 degrees Fahrenheit). Finally, I found a wonderful strong, bright ternary eutectic called IA-423 (93.6%Sn, 4.7%Ag, 1.7%Cu) from Johnson Manufacturing which melts (and freezes) at 423 degrees Fahrenheit. They also have a great water soluble paste flux (05-23). Johnson's phone number is 563-289-5123. Working lead-free is a bit more difficult and costly, but I think the personal and environmental health benefits are worthwhile. Check out my Soldering Tips page for some basic pointers that apply to leaded soldering as well as lead-free.
Visit my Acrylic Paintings page
I've done a lot of different work over the years.
Maybe someday I'll dig out sample photographs of my
jewelry, wood, and metal work and scan them.
There's a bit of politically relevant material on my private internet service provider (Mosquitonet) site, including great poetry & real spaghetti. Also, here's some of what the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is doing. I'm no longer on the Assembly, but still care.
Visit my Geophysical Institute Web Site,
Professionally I supervise the Computer Resource Center
Warner-Crivellaro Stained Glass is a great mail-order supplier! Charles & Marianne now have their catalog on-line with lots of sample glass images.
Kokomo's got the most useful on-line glass samples!
Visit Sven Warner's Mountaintop Mosaics for Italian vitreous tile & smalti
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All original images and text © Copyright Cole Sonafrank 1990-2000
Email Cole at sonafrank@ElvesOfEster.com
or call 907-474-8831(H), 907-474-7277(W)
Please note, I'm in Alaska so there's a time difference.
or write to P.O. Box 178, 3860 Azurite Drive, Ester, AK 99725-0178