Following American comedian and presenter Jimmy Fallon’s 40birthday celebrations last month, the Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists team thought it would be good to share a little-known fact about him; Jimmy Fallon is a fan of stained glass.
So when the CEO of Dean Guitars, an internationally celebrated guitar manufacturer Elliott Rubinson approached him with the idea of a producing a custom guitar, Jimmy jumped at the chance of creating a stained glass electric guitar.
Enter guitar and stained glass artist Yvonne de Villiers. She was inspired by her bass-playing mother to design a range of beautiful and unique guitars that could be custom-made to someone’s physical specifications. With over 30 years’ experience in stained glass design she created a stained glass panel specifically for the shape of a Dean guitar.
Due to the unique shape of the guitar, a copper foil technique was used when cutting the glass and featured curved pieces of glass as well as straight cuts to emulate and flatter the cathedral look that was decided on.
For the curved sections dichroic glass was used, which is created by stacking layers of glass and micro layers of metals or oxides to produce glass that features a shifting effect commonly seen in nature with peacock or hummingbird feathers.
Lovingly nicknamed “The Gathedral” (Cathedral Guitar), the end result was lit up by an LED light strip that ran along the inside edge of the finished guitar, illuminating the stunning stained glass design. You can see Jimmy’s reaction to this work of art below:
As experienced stained glass window designers we are always excited when we see stained glass used in a new and interesting way, be it in guitars, cars or to visually illustrate someone’s passion.