Our tip today is about grinding your border pieces after they've been cut. So many students fret so much about the pieces lining back up that they grind one piece, wash it, dry it, and then put it back into place. This is a terrible habit to get into. Look at it like this: when you wash clothes do you wash them one piece at a time? Of course not. When grinding borders take all of the pieces from one side of your window, skim each of them at the grinder, and then dry them all off and put them back in place. If your border has pieces made up of different sizes then the opposing side will quickly tell you how they should be arranged. Grinding borders this way turns a 30 minute task into a 10 minute task.
Now then first up this week we have Beth's Turtle Suncatcher which really turned out to be a striking piece. Her lead lines are even all throughout her turtle which means that her grinding was spot on. Since this is only her third piece with us I have to say that she's really gotten the hang of this.
Helen made this Fleur De Lis Panel insert and only needs 5 more to completely fill in the panes to one of the windows in her house. If the other five turn out anywhere near as good as this one did (and I'm sure that they will) then Helen is going to end up with one gorgeous window!
Bee (Belinda) has begun work on a new Circular Birds on a Branch Suncatcher. With one of these already under her belt I have no doubt that this will be finished quickly for her. After this perhaps we'll see a dog in a tub.
Mary Grace has her Address Window all tacked together and she's ready to start soldering. I was impressed at how easily she handled the border on this. After it's soldered we'll get a channel on this and call it complete.
Look at that sky. Even though it's not been ground yet the sky has a life of its own because Jeannette cut each of the pieces from a single sheet of glass after placing the pattern pieces the same way that they line up on her pattern. The result is a sky that completely flows together seamlessly across the width of the window creating seamless cloud swirls. Beautiful.
Cheryl's Franklin Street Light Window is quickly nearing completion now that she has her two borders cut. The smaller, inner border has been attached and her second wider border will be attached when she returns since she's taken the pieces home to wrap. After that there's just some soldering to do. I'm expecting this to be finished in two weeks with plenty of time to spare.
Susan D has begun a nice large 28 x 28 Geometric Window of which she traced her pattern perfectly (although I don't have a picture of that to show you). I always say that a window can only look as good as the pattern pieces that make it up and if that is truly the case then Susan is going to have a WONDERFUL completed window in this.