Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Does Your Dog Bite?

It's been a busy week but before we start looking at what our students have been working on let's review something that sometimes causes problems.   When working on a stained glass piece you need 2 paper patterns. One that you cut up into the individual pattern pieces that you trace onto your glass and then a second copy that you build your project on top of.   Most times we use a sheet of poster board for the copy you cut up and to make that copy we use a piece of carbon or tracing paper.

The thing is, people are always taping the pattern to the carbon paper and just laying it on top of the poster board.   If you do that then any shift of the pattern results in a copy that does NOT line up with the original pattern.

To prevent this place the pattern on top of the poster board and then tape them together securely along one side or the top of the pattern.  Once they are firmly attached with tape (pins don't work well for this at all) simply slide the carbon paper between them and then begin tracing.  If the carbon shifts nothing will happen, but if the pattern and and poster board shift you will always have a mess.   Remember to tape the pattern to the poster board to prevent any problems from occurring (unless you accidentally put the carbon in upside down!)

So then, Carol's Hummingbird and Flowers Window is complete and the bevels in the opposing corners add so much to the elegance of the overall design.  The border is perfection and the work is among the best we've seen.   Carol even redesigned the hummingbird in the pattern by herself!  Expect to see this done again because other people have said that they really love this window for good reason!

Jan's Crucifix Window is smaller than you may first think but that only makes it all the more impressive.   It sure turned out great but the finishing touch on this results from Jan not hanging it in a window but rather using it as a table piece by displaying it on a sturdy metal plate holder.  It's perfect!

Martha's Deer Head Window has been completed and it's such a great masculine piece.   After endless flowers and birds it's nice to see something a little different walk out the door.  Martha certainly did some wonderful work on this.


Beth finished two projects with us this week and although they have nothing in common they also have a lot in common as I will soon point out to you.  Up first is her Iris Window which features an iridized  blue glass for the flower petals.  Beth is really happy with how this turned out and I'm glad that she didn't give up on it.


Beth's second project was another one of her beautiful Celtic Knot Crosses which matches her Iris Window because she used the same iridized blue glass in both projects.   I can see Beth's ability to follow her pattern growing with each project she makes with us.

Linda made this gorgeous Mickey Mouse Window that she found online and he is one proud American Mouse!   Pay attention to how Linda ground the nose into the center of Mickey's snout.   The extra lead lines needed to cut it into place threw off the design so the 10 minutes it took to grind out an oval in the middle of the piece more than paid off in the end.  

Linda also completed another of her Cardinal Suncatchers which she can now essentially make with her eyes closed.

You've just GOT to love Susan R's Stained Glass Scissors.  I made a pair myself and they were the first thing we sold out in Alexandria, when we did our show.  Susan saw them hanging in the shop and decided to make a pair of her own and they are nothing short of perfect.

Susan D has two completed projects this week and we're starting off with her beautiful Ballerina Suncatcher which is displayed here in a beautiful gift box.  Maybe if I take up ballet I'll get a fancy suncatcher from Susan.   I know she loves to see me dance... (I have THE move.)

And this is Susan D's second completed project this week.   This tranquil Sunset scene has gone over very well in our classes with just about everyone requesting the pattern but I do believe that Susan is the first person to actually complete one.

Brenda wrapped up her final Beveled Transom Window and finished it off by coloring the lead black.   I always say that when you make a window out of nothing but clear glass you should consider coloring the lead black because the contrast is so striking.


Brenda also completed this Heart and Ribbons Window during class but didn't have the time to wash or color it before she left.  That's easy to do at home though and that means that she's got this job completed even if we don't have a great picture of it here on the Blog.

Brenda's sister Terry was in the same boat as well because she also managed to get her window completed before class ended but she was also unable to wash and color it.  Again, that's easy enough for her to do at home and then she won't have to wait another week before being able to deliver this lovely window.

Melissa's Sacred and Immaculate Heart Window is already taking shape with just one week of work into it. The hardest part (the small flowers that consist of 32 pieces fitting inside of a 1 x 5 inch area) is behind her so now Melissa will be able to relax and breathe a bit easier while working on this window from here on out.

Myrt has all but the background of her Dog Window cut out and as always her work is exceptional.  She's going to tack this together before she cuts out her three background pieces and once that's done you'll be able to see the white dog better while it's on the white pattern paper.

Susan R liked Shelley's Chef Window so much that she started making one for herself.  After finishing her Scissors Suncatcher she immediately began cutting this out and as you can it's all falling into place already.


Cindy's just about ready to wrap up her Metal Shark Logo Panel and I do mean that literally because this is all ground and ready to be foiled.   We'll see what becomes of this next week when I truly expect to see this completed.

With just a little bit of soldering left to do on the back side of her beautiful Rose Heart Window I'm anxiously awaiting the moment this gets some light behind it.   I think the design is beautiful and Linda has done an incredible job putting it all together to perfection.   As you can see she also has her Stylized Cross just about ready as well so I guess we can say that Linda has been burning the wick at both ends!


Linda L started this three piece Graduation Cap after Mickey was completed and I really think that these are going to be popular (especially since graduations are coming up now).   With only three pieces a person can easily make one of these inside of a half an hour.

Mary grace has all of the known pieces to her Iris Window wrapped and will begin tacking together these pieces when she comes back in.  From there we will fill in her missing pieces one at a time until this is ready for its border.

Rowena got all of her corner border pieces cut while she was in and then completely soldered the front side of her Victorian Themed Window.   With just the back side left to be soldered I'll say that this window is well on its way to becoming a highlighted window here in our Blog.

Shelley's cat is almost all wrapped now and although it looks like this cat only has one eye, that's only because she was wrapping pieces while I took this picture.   Look to see this cat with both eyes in place when she returns next week.

Susan D also has two complete sets of Mickey and Minnie Mouse Silhouettes all ground and ready to be wrapped.   These go together fairly quickly and they look adorable!

Lastly we have Becky S's Seahorse Window.   She's got most of her grinding done and is all set to  begin wrapping each of these pieces.  This window has a lot of detail in it but as I always say, "The extra work you put into a window more than pays for itself in the end."


And that about does it this week.

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