Our tip this week involves knowing how much is too much. In the piece below many students try to make the cuts on the left or right sides of the piece in one long, swerving cut. What you need to remember is that the more your score line changes direction the more likely it is to break incorrectly. In the pieces below you should cut the right side out by traveling across the points of each curve without actually following the curve. We call this cutting 'point to point'. Since the high points on each curve all line up (even with the slightly curved bottom right) we can join the point to point cuts into one single pass as indicated by the red line in the center illustration. This line is smooth and doesn't twist erratically from left to right as the pattern demands and will break easily.
Always remember that not all cuts should be cut in one pass!
In the final image on the far right you can see how three more cuts (notice the red lines again) will make your glass match the pattern. The left side should be approached using the same basic method. Try to keep all of your cuts simple and you'll find yourself breaking far less glass.
So then, first up in our completed projects is Lara's Flowered Cow which is incredible! She's named her Clementine and she's the envy of all cows with that bouquet of colorful flowers on her head and those STUNNING eyelashes. Look again because I'll bet you missed them! Precious isn't a strong enough work for this piece.
Martha's Dragonfly Window is now complete and you can tell by the wings that the dragonfly isn't an overlay that was soldered on top of the window as many people thought it would be because of the way the background was cut and ground before adding the dragonfly. In the end, this is perfection.
Betty made five more Santa Faces this week but in more traditional colors. Altogether she made twenty some of these things (think high twenties) and she now says that she's all Santa'ed out and won't be making any more. I'm thinking that may be the case for this year but I see more of these further along on her horizon.
Lisa not only has a firm grasp on her fully ground Tree Of Life Window but she also managed to work on a Bass 'suncatcher' that she'll mount onto a piece of driftwood. There's a lot of green going down in these two projects it varies and flows together beautifully in both projects. Also, that Tree Of Life gets me each time I see it.
Finally we have another look at the multitude of Hexalongs that MiMi cut out this week. She's using every type of clear textured glass imaginable and is practically able to trace out the Hexagons onto her glass without using a pattern! I've guesstimated that she'll need about 1,800 hexagons to complete all her windows and MiMi was thinking somewhere around that number herself. The good news is that she's made a great dent in that large number already.