Our tip this week is short and simple. When using pliers to break your glass be gentle. Running pliers should have the adjustment screw set so that they expend the barest amount of pressure on the glass. Yes, they WILL work if you adjust them too tight but you can't get complex cut out using them that way. Also, Breaker/Grozier Pliers are meant to be an extension of your fingers allowing you to hold onto your glass where your fingers can't. You don't squeeze Breaker/Grozier Pliers-- you twist them downward. If you hear crunching when using these pliers you are squeezing them and therefore using them incorrectly. Remember, it's glass you are working with not mortar.
So first up we have a look at Cindy's pair of Beveled Transom Inserts which she completed in just one week. Just because she got the work done quickly doesn't mean that her work came up short in any way as you can clearly see for yourself. Bevels surrounded by glue chip glass lead are possibly the best contrasting clears that you can use.
I never got a picture of Susan R's owl last week and didn't even realize it was missing until she mentioned it in class to me. This week I made sure I got a picture because it's all cut and ground save for the whites (or whatever color Susan plans to use) of the owls eyes. This is one cute Owl, that's for sure.
Hurricane Delta made this a short week as we had to cancel half of our classes so we could pack up the shop (yet again) in case we got water. Luckily we didn't get any and on Saturday afternoon (after taking a brief nap after staying up most of the night) we began reconstructing Bayou Salé GlassWorks. On Saturday night things were looking messy but pretty good. On Sunday night the place looked as though it were pretty much back to normal save for there being no glass in the racks. Glass went back into the shop on Monday before noon. That means we're back in actions and ready for a full week of classes so drop on by again next week to see a post with considerably more work showcased.