Now we all know that every rule has an exception so here we go. If your border is cut up into random pieces, many of which are unnecessary, that don't simply make the cutting easier, then you can break the rule of having your grain flow in one direction. Below I've colored in Shawn's Address Window and I've run the background grain from left to right (horizontally) in one direction. It looks wonderful to me and there is nothing wrong with making this window in this manor.
First off this week we have Jeff who has completed his Flowers and Scenery Window. Now that it's hanging up in the light you can easily see how all of his hard work has paid off. Jeff is going to take a few months off since he'll be working out of state but we hope to see him return a little while down the line.
Martha's Flowing Textures Window is finished but since she colored it with black patina (which I recommend for all clear glass windows) she had to let it sit for 45 minutes before washing the patina off. Since she colored this late into class she left for home and I washed it right about the time she would have been walking into her home. In other words, she hasn't seen this 100% completed yet but as we can ALL see, it's wonderful.
Jeannette put the finishing touches on her Coffee Pot Window and Angie is already eyeing up the pattern! This window is made out of a bare minimum amount of colors but still stands out vibrantly due to it's high contrast and excellent craftswomanship.
Barbara H put the finishing touches on 3 different Dragonfly Flowerpot Decorations and even attached the stakes herself which is something that a lot of our students find daunting. Way to go Barbara!
Tracey's Single Sunflower Window is all cut out and she's begun grinding it already. The long clear top piece had broke in half while cutting it but rather than replacing a huge piece of glass we simply put a lead line through it to make two shorter pieces out of one long one. Then we saw that the stem of the sunflower looked like it ran straight up and out the top of the window so to fix that optical illusion we cut a green stem and now all is fine. I actually prefer the green stem over the original lead line stem that the pattern called for.
Annette's Cross Window has really taken form now that the background glass has been cut. She's already grinding her pieces and you can now see the dove perfectly even though it's somewhat hidden behind the cross. People in other classes are already talking about making this for themselves!
Rowena began work on an American Flag and Eagle Window by cutting glass this week. As you can see she got it all cut out and even has some of it ground already. It won't be long before this eagle flies out the door.
Cindy has all her ducks in a row (so to speak) by having her pair of chickens all foiled and tacked together. Next week we'll get to see her work on cutting out the background glass for these two birds which, compared to cutting the chickens, will be a piece of cake.
Kerry has begun working on an LSU/Tiger Eyes Window and got as far as getting his paper pattern pieces traced onto the glass he'll be using for the dark sections of the tiger portion of his window. That means that Kerry will be cutting glass when he returns.
Shelley has returned! We knew she couldn't stay away from us for too long and when she walked in the door this week after being absent for 4 months she just fell right back into place. And what's she working on? Those of us who know Shelley's previous work aren't surprised to see that she's working on a Mermaid.
Linda F tacked her Underwater Scene together, filled in a few missing pieces and then redesigned the lower left corner so that it had more coral in it. Not a bad days work at all! Next week she'll add a border and then start soldering this beast.
Lisa spent the day foiling all of her glass and she's just about ready to tack this, fill in a few missing pieces, and then add a border or two before finishing this up by adding solder to it. It's all coming together now for her!
Roxane was back in class this week and tacked together her Penguin Window after which she added two borders, a grey one and a black one. Now she's just about ready to begin soldering this cute family themed window.
Susan R has just a few scant pieces left to cut out for the background glass in her Seafood Window and then she'll finish it off with a border before she begins to solder it. All of her hard work was well worth it as this window already shows off her stained glass skills.
Jeanne M has finished grinding her Easter Window and even began wrapping all of her pieces with copper foil. She hopes to get this done in time for Easter and I'm sure that this will be hanging in her home before Easter gets here.
The stained glass woman that Angie is working on is feeling under the weather but luckily she has an umbrella with her that her handbag accessorizes with perfectly. Angie got her first border attached which means that she's got just one more to go and then she'll finish this rainy day scene.
Fran's begun cutting glass for her Red Fish Window but will be redesigning the background of it. When she comes back in we may see what her new pattern looks like but even if it isn't drawn up she'll be able to continue grinding this colorful fish. Fran still needs an eye in her fish but we're going to cut that into place once the eye has been cut and ground so that it fits perfectly. As always, the smaller the piece the more important the precision.
Carol is working on an LSU/Tiger Eyes Window of her own and she's really far along in the creation process. We make this window in two separate sections so we can be sure that the Tiger Eye portion and the LSU section are EXACTLY the same width otherwise you end up with a lopsided, trapezoidal shaped window when the borders get attached.
Susan D's Ali The Dog window is officially ready for its background glass. Now that she has her dog foiled and tacked together the rest of this window will be child's play for Susan.
Mary Grace worked on getting a zinc channel curved to wrap around her Circular Anchor Window and then went to work on filling in some missing pieces that she still had to deal with. After that was finished she managed to get the front side of her window soldered which means that with a little luck she'll be wrapping up this project upon her return.
Jeanne L is grinding the fruit for her Fruit Basket Window and it won't be long before she tacks this together and then cuts out her background glass. I've never understood why I've found this design to be such a fun window to make but Jeanne (and everyone else who's made this) has agreed with me.
Melissa stunned everyone when she came in with ALL of her glass cut! She was worried about splitting both the green and blue pieces so that each separate piece became two but she said that when the first one cut so easily she just couldn't stop cutting and grinding every one of them. Melissa wants to finish this next week and if she can get this soldered at home I see no reason why that won't happen.
Which brings us back to Shawn's address window which sort of started this post. Shawn has a big decision to make. She 's thinking about adding another border to her Address Window but there's a size restriction so she's unsure if she should add more to this or not. Either way, she'll be soldering this before you know it.
And there you have it, everything that happened in our first class for the month of March.
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