Saturday, October 31, 2009

One and One Quarter

We're beginning this post with an important message to our part time students. We've thought long and hard about this and have decided to suspend our Wednesday day class due to a lack of participation. Part time day students interested in starting or completing any projects will need to schedule a session in one of our 3 night classes (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday). These classes are not always open or available so please call well ahead of time to be sure that we have a spot for you.

Ok, with that said let's move on to our two newest students, Louis and Steve. They've been interested in in doing some work on their own and have even gone so far as to buy a lot of the tools to work with glass. This week they each made a butterfly and next week they'll start on their main projects. Neither one of them had any problems and I must say that their ability to cut glass was much better than the average beginner. They both used the same yellow glass to make their butterflies so I'm not entirely sure which one is which but here's a look at what they accomplished.

(I think this one is Steve's)
(And I believe this one belongs to Louis)

Patty came in with all her pieces wrapped so we tacked them together and I gave her a lesson in tracing out your finished pieces onto a sheet of glass and then cutting the background out so that
grinding is cut down to a minimum. She's taken her background home with her to wrap and next week we'll add the 'pearls' to this window.

Janice got all her background cut as well as her first (of three) borders. She has three sides of the border wrapped and ready to be tacked. We'll have the center clear border ready next week.

Grace brought in assorted color papers and a printed out lyrics so we could make a side panel for her flowers. After squaring off the text and cutting away the excess paper she picked a light pink pattern to mat the lyrics. We sealed the finished product in between 2 pieces of clear glass and then she cut out the second flower. There's only the border left to do and the top of her box will be completed.

Speaking of boxes, Cheryl took home a slew of bevels last week and came in with enough of them warped to make 7 lids. They're soldered, hinged, washed and waxed so she could start working on bottoms next week.

Julie is making a mystery Christmas gift for Ray and I've been sworn to secrecy about what it is. I've taken some pictures but won't be posting any of them until he gets to see the actual completed project. All I can safely say is that she'll be working on the background next week.

That brings us up to date this week. Hopefully the next post will occur on the first Thursday of
November. Where did October go? Let the Christmas rush begin.

Bayou Salé GlassWorks

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