In the picture below only the piece on the far right is ground correctly. Can you tell where the problems lie in the first two pieces?
Yes, the piece on the left is too high on the top of the curve. The line on the pattern is NOT visible there which means that problems will surely occur later on. The problem with the middle piece is that it hangs far too low on the pattern. A heavy skim across the bottom of the piece on the grinder will fix that quickly. The winner is the piece on the right which has been ground perfectly to show pattern line all around it. If you can see that pattern line around all of your pieces then your windows will go together smoothly and effortlessly. That's a fact.
Speaking of smoothly and effortlessly, Beth's Bird Of Paradise Window went together just that way. It's also a wonderful mix of color as well. She's been working exclusively in the shop to help hone her stained glass skills without developing bad habits that can get by us when students do a lot of work at home. I have to say that her ability to utilize color has really come into focus with this window because it's perfect!
Patrice finished her latest Sunflower Window and was rushing the clock to do so. By the time she left the window was all soldered so after she left I added hooks and the colored it for her. She's got her next project picked out and will start that upon her return.
Angie's got a Sunflower Window of her own completed this week and you can see that she went with not only a different color scheme, but a different hanging orientation as well. Diversity is the key to fun stained glass!
Carol got her Grateful Dead Window all soldered but since she's coloring it black she didn't have the time to let the black patina set. So she began working on her next project-- Kaleidoscopes!!!! You can see she's got the four color wheels just about ready to be wrapped and that's the hardest part of these kaleidoscopes.
Jeannette's Cross Window is certainly a work in progress because she's ore or less designing it as it goes together. She decided to trace the outer edges of the beveled cross with some blue glass to help prevent the cross from becoming lost in all of that clear glass and to help tie it in with the blue border that she wanted to use. Perfection!
Linda L has all of the sea life in her Underwater Scene tacked together and has moved along to the long sections of water which join everything together. Using two sheets of blue glass she's able to cut most of the water from one piece ensuring that the grain of the glass lines up perfectly.
Jan's got everything but the final border cut for her Poppies Window which means that we'll see how this interesting border assembly looks when she returns. It already looks great but the final border will tie everything together perfectly and knock it out of the ballpark!
Susan R is very close to completing her Beach Sandals Suncatcher and will surely finish it upon her return. With just the back side left to solder it won't be long now. because all it really needs at this point are two hooks and some patina fro the lead.
Wow, Tracey is really making short work of her new Cardinal Window. It's not only all cut out but just about halfway ground as well! I love the pattern and I love Tracey's work on this.
Susan D's Tree Of Life is filling out beautifully with each piece she grinds. She's taken her time cutting out her pieces and finding that the grinding is going along much better than it normally does! This is already shaping up to be another highlight in her stained glass repertoire.
Terry's Spiderman Window is all set to hang once he gets some hooks put on him and some patina on the lead. The border glass she picked is just perfect for this application and Spiderman has never looked better.
Mary Grace started this Bird Lawn Ornament and got it all cut out and ready to be ground in just one class. She's been making smaller projects and I think she's benifiting by working on them because it allows her to accomplish the various steps more quickly than if she were doing larger projects.
Becky S has started grinding her first of three Geometric windows and in just one night she managed to grind over two thirds of her window! Using the pistol grip and a straight edge is really paying off because her time at the grinder has been cut down considerably.
Brenda got the blue glass cut out for her flag and attached to her Freedom Prosthetics Window along with the two borders. With just the back side left to be soldered Brenda is really hoping to have this completed when she comes back into class. I hope so as well because I can't wait to see this with some light behind it.
And that wraps things up this week. Come back next week to see even more finished projects and to see some new ones get started!
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