Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cake, Cookies and Hurricanes!

It was a good week here in our classes as we have 4 completed projects to show you. Also, we had cake and cookies and Hurricanes during our Wednesday night class to celebrate something that will be revealed in an extra Blog post tomorrow... I'm going to leave all of you in suspense with that teaser and move on to the progress that was made this week.

Gerald's window is complete and back at home. In fact it's most likely installed into his mother's front door by the time you are reading this. He's promised to send us pictures of it from the house so we can get the full effect of the flowers. In the future he plans on doing the two sidelights that surround the front door. Didn't this turn out nice?

Cheryl has finished her cat window. She did the lions share of the soldering at home and we both agreed that a final border really wasn't necessary for this design. Rather than using a thin brass channel Cheryl went with the wider zinc channel which actually frames it out nicely. We loved the cookies and the Hurricanes that Cheryl brought with her. Which reminds me that I have to give out a BIG "Congratulations!" to Cheryl (have I built up enough suspense already?)

Denise hasn't been sitting home just watching TV all day this past summer. She's made a Magnolia window (can you see the fancy hangers she made for it? They're nice!) and an LSU style window complete with half of a Fleur De Lis. Here's Denise's Magnolia Window:

And here's Denise's LSU style window:
Janice added her border and began the final soldering job for her window. She has three more to go after this one but she plans on taking a break and doing something a bit different after this window is completed. After doing 8 of these windows (possibly more-- I've lost count!) I can understand why she wants to tackle something else to break up the monotony. BTW, thanks for the great cake, Janice!

Grace went to work soldering her window. It's been a while since she's used a soldering iron and with the added burden of having used 1/4 inch foil I thought that I might need to give her a refresher course in soldering. I was wrong. Grace is taking her time and getting the bead correct on the first shot which really makes this go easier since it's much tougher to smooth the lead line out by remelting the solder. This window is really shaping up to be spectacular.

Jane worked on the border of her Peacock window this week. After it was all assembled she attached the zinc channel to finish it off. She'll complete the soldering at home and we should see a finished Peacock next week. Jane is looking at lamps again and is thinking about possibly making a pair of lamps for the nightstands in her guest room.

So there you have it. Be sure to come back later on Sunday for the reason we all celebrated Wednesday night!

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