Let's start things off this week with a very simple tip. Most of us tend to use 3 sizes of foil: 3/16 (small), 7/32 (medium/regular) and 1/4 (large). There are more sizes but these are the three most popular sizes. Add to this selection the specialty colored back foils (in black and silver) each coming in 3 sizes as well. In other words, there are a lot of foils to pick from yet we frequently fluctuate between a very small handful.
By now you've probably noticed that you own some foil that which you rarely use. Here's something you may not know: Foil DOES have a lifespan. In time the adhesive loses its stickiness resulting in foil that no longer sticks. To make your infrequently used foil last FAR longer simply store it in a zip lock bag. Just remember to squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing it. I recently used a roll of 3/16 silver back foil that has been stored in a zip lock bag for about 5 years and it's still as sticky as the day it came off of the shelf.
TLDR: Store your rarely used foils in zip lock bags (I use one bag for as many rolls of foil as I can fit in) and you'll see your foil last for years.
So first up we have Jeanne L's Fruit Bowl Window which screams Traditional Stained Glass design. At this point in time I have no clue how the pattern originated but it was drawn up by my Uncle in the early 80's. I always have one of these in the shop because I love making it so much and because they sell well. Jeanne did an incredible job on this and her end result is spectacular, wouldn't you say?
Speaking of leaving things at home, Mary remembered to bring her background glass but forgot her pattern pieces! So what's a girl to do? In this case she cut and ground the 32 round and square accent pieces that will make up her inner border. Now she's ahead of the game!