Monday, December 2, 2019

Are you Singing Or Did You Hurt Yourself?

Since this is late (these events took place before Thanksgiving Week) we're just going to jump right in here.  We had a lot completed and having been out of town for Thanksgiving has put me a bit behind.

Okay, so Mary Grace finished the work on her Rifle/Arrow/Louisiana Window and you can now see how the year has been incorporated into the bottom center border piece.   The numbers were cut out from a sheet of copper foil and and then applied to the glass making sure that the top and bottoms of the numbers rested on top of the lead line and the channel.  Once soldered everything is solid and looking good!



Cindy's Santa Face is a one of a kind (so far) and finished just in time for Christmas.   I've seen a lot of these patterns over the years but this might very well be the nicest one of all .  Santa really turned out spectacular due to all the detail and I wouldn't mind making one myself!  Ho Ho Ho!
  
  
 

And Martha's Wedding Box is ready for the Wedding!  Her stained glass flowers match the invitation wonderfully and this will surely be a gift to be treasured for years to come. 


  


Becky S started and finished these two Spinners in just two classes and they are perfection!   If you don't follow the 3 x 3 pattern perfectly they won't join correctly when you solder the last square in place, but these have perfect right angles all around them so they lined up wonderfully.

  


Jeanne M purchased some Beveled Ornament Kits and put five of them together in just one night.   The nice thing is that she now has the pattern so she can cut these out of various clear textures if she wants.



Liz was a 'trial' student this week.  She wanted to try to make a butterfly to see if she was able to and also to see if she was interested enough to do Stained Glass on a regular basis. By the end of the class she walked out with this marvelous Butterfly that she had no problems constructing at all.  Time will tell if she decided to do something else.


 

Mary Grace also made another Jewel Hanger.  These are becoming more and more popular with our students each time I post another picture.



Susan D completed her 2 final Reindeer so they can be placed in her front yard with her Rudolph Reindeer.  Next up is a sleigh and we'll likely see what that looks like when Susan returns.  But wait, do I see a 3D Poinsettia as well?  Yep, Susan's been busy!


 
Betty put the finishing touches on her double Sunflower Window and has this pattern down to a science now.   She can practically finish one of these in her sleep. 

 


And Tracey is knocking out Butterfly Lawn ornaments left and right!   This is her latest and she made it completely on her own.




Then we have MiMi's Cotton Blossom which is looking wonderful even though it hasn't been ground yet.  Or has it?  I saw a picture on Facebook that pretty much says otherwise...  (John must be cracking that whip!)  I guess we'll know for sure on Thursday!



Kerry began working on this Pelican Window and in the span of two classes he not only got it all cut out-- he's even begun grinding it to get nice clean fit.  It's looking good indeed!

  


Susan R eagerly attacked her Seafood Window and got even more of  the seafood ground.  She's moving at a nice steady pace and at this pace it won't be long until this is completed.  Her colors are perfection and she explained to me what she'll be doing with the tray of oysters and I have to say I love it.   But you'll just have to wait a bit to see what that involves...



Annette's Happy Grinch is all ground and ready for foiling!   Someone else (ahem, TRACEY!) plans on making one of these later on down the line and I can absolutely see why.  Annette needs to post this one on Facebook when she's finished with it because I'm sure it will drive the Stained Glass Patterns group green with envy!


Melissa is back to work on her half circle Peacock Window and I think she has all of it cut out now.  That means that she's ready to start grinding this and once that's done she'll add a few inserts for some extra color.  Wait until you see how this sparkles with just a little light behind it.
 


And Jeff has only 12 sky pieces left to cut and grind and then he can move onto picking a color for his border.  That part will go quickly since we'll cut the on the strip cutter and then after a quick pass over the grinder and with the addition of some foil this will be ready for some solder.



Betty not only finished her Sunflowers but has nearly completed her Santa Face Window which means that it will be ready just in time for December!  This is the first of a few Santa's this week so brace yourself because we're about to look at a few more.



So here's another Santa, the first in this 'series'.  Jan saw this on Pinterest and said that she just had to make one herself.   She certainly got it cut and ground quickly enough so I have no doubt that his will be dome in time for Christmas.



And when Angie saw Jan pick up her Santa Face pattern last week she wanted one for herself which is kind of interesting because she had one pattern but ended up with two Santa Faces cut out!  These will be ready for eyes when Angie comes back in.



Now this is surely going to be an interesting piece.  Shawn is making a Sunflower and the center will have the music to The Beatles, 'Here Comes the Sun' fired onto it!   We should have an idea of what that will look like when Shawn returns and to be honest with you, I can't wait to see it myself!

 


Mary has begun working on a Sunflower of her own and her colors are stunning.  Alas, Mary is undergoing an operation so there's no way this will be completed before the New Year.  I'm hoping that seeing this so close to completion will give her some added adrenaline for a speedy recovery.  We certainly wish her the best!

  


Belinda got an incredible amount of work done on her latest Cat/Wine Window and by the time class was over she had all of her center glass wrapped and tacked together.   She also got the final border cut, wrapped, and attached as well as getting channel and hooks attached!    She's planning to finish this at home so it can be in its new home for Thanksgiving.  



Linda F made quick work of this Saints Fleur De Lis.  The only thing left to be done on this is some soldering and that means that we'll see this completed when Linda returns.  I also think we might see another variation of this done by Betty in the near future. 




Sheri almost has her second Bee Suncatcher completed as she finished cutting and grinding it this week.   She's got a new Window in mind so I don't think that this will take her very long now. This might very well be completed when she returns.



Cindy has started a large Sun Window that will be made with numerous pieces of clear textured glass.  Yep, there won't be a single piece of colored glass in the entire window.   It will be a study of both the sun AND of textured glass!



Martha may have finished her wedding box but she also had time to begin this leaded Christmas Ornament.  The border around the bevel will be finished in solder.  What you are seeing now are 5 pieces of glass completely covered in foil.   Once it's soldered all of the copper foil will become silver.


So that's it for this post.  It's hard to believe that we only have 3 more weeks of classes before this year is over with.   Look out because 2020 is just a blink of an eye away!

Paul
Bayou Salé GlassWorks