Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dancing Night At Bayou Salé GlassWorks

Gerald came back this week with a ton of pictures from the cruise he and his family went on. Pictures were flying, stories were told, Cheryl turned up the music that was playing and the next thing we knew Mary Lynn was dancing! (But not with us!)

Cheryl came in with both sides of her Sun/Wind/Moon window soldered and then cut out the deep blue eyes and red lips for the Sun and the Moon. When that was finished Russ bent some zinc channel to fit around her circular window and then we gave it a bath. When we finished washing it this is what Cheryl ended up with. I knew I was going to like this one a lot. Notice how none of her straight lines waver. Also, her curves are all graceful (on her window!!!) Great job Cheryl. I won't tell you what she has in mind next so come back next week to see what's on her mind. Great job, Cheryl!

This is another window I couldn't wait to see completed. Sheila's 2nd large window has come out looking just as I suspected it would: perfect. Although it's hard to see, her border is a clear iridescent that reflects purple, green and pink when the sunlight hits it. It's the perfect compliment to the colors she has in the flower and leaves. Sheila has her next 4 projects all lined up-- 4 cabinet door inserts. Look here next week to see what pattern she's decided on.

Ann began working on her first real stained glass window this week. With her pattern drawn up she traced it out onto glass and got all but her backgrounds cut. It amazed me how quickly she got through all this work and as you can see her cutting is very precise. She'll grind this when we see her again and I suspect she'll get it all ground at the rate she's going.

Grace was unsure of what she was going to do but when she saw this Fleur De Lis pattern hanging on the wall she decided that it was something she wanted to make. I'm not sure what happened but her cutting and grinding this week was nothing short of superb! Not that there was anything wrong with it before, but the speed at which she cut and ground this really floored me. And look how smooth her curves are, I couldn't have cut this any better myself.

Janice got the center bevels all cut, ground, wrapped, and tacked together on her last Fleur De Lis Window. She's really gotten the hang of wrapping the thick sections of the cut bevels! Here's a picture of one of the bevels that she had to fit in place.

And this is the left side of her window. She did the beveled border on all four sides so she's on the last lap of the track now!

Jane began wrapping her window while she was in class because it's too complex to disassemble and wrap at home. But she's moving quickly through it and I suspect she'll begin tacking this together next week. She did take all of the clear squares that weren't cut in half home with her (they're all interchangeable and it won't matter where they go in the window) so there are a number of pieces missing in the picture below. Still, you can really make out the weaving pattern of the lattice work and see the vines that run through connecting all the flowers and leaves.

And holding down the rear of our projects this week is Gerald's piece of tail. :-) This was the last of his 4 piece Tiger set and we'll have a picture of the 4 windows installed soon. I've only just realized that I have no clue what Gerald will be working on next. I guess it will be a surprise for all of us next week.

I guess that's about it until next week. We'll see you all then.

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