Our tip this week is about pattern placement on your glass. A common mistake is to arrange your pattern pieces as you see below. Everything looks great and there's a good quarter of an inch (which we always want) between each piece but there's one big error. Do you see it?
Our biggest piece with the inside curve (shaded in red below) should first be cut with a straight line beginning at the starting point of the curve to the ending point of the curve (thus following the red dotted line). We call this 'Cutting Point To Point' and it's essential to begin inside curves with this straight cut first. As you can see this results in two other pieces being split in half due to bad pattern placement. Technically you could curve your cut around the two problem pieces but that makes what could be a very simple cut into a more difficult cut with a good chance of you breaking one (or more) pieces.
The solution is simple. When tracing out your pattern onto your glass remember not to cross that point to point line with other pattern pieces as we did in the figure below. Many people ask if it's okay to place an entire piece to the left of the line as the square is in the image above but this isn't a good idea because you will most likely need to take the curve out in multiple cuts ending with your eventually cutting through any pieces you've places to the left of the Point To Point line.
That said, to avoid having to imagine the Point To Point line, simply position that inner curve along the edge of the glass so the Point To Point cut has already been made by the edge of the sheet of glass. That way you don't have to worry about the other pieces placement. Keep in mind though that the grain of the glass may not allow you to do this at other times so always keep in mind that imaginary Point To Point cut and don't allow your other pattern pieces to cross it.
Our last completed project is the first of two leaded Christmas Ornaments that Susan D began working on last week. This one is, shall we say, 'out the door' and the second one is only one foot behind this one. We'll see her second ornament next week and Susan says she has a few more of these lined up after that so we'll be seeing more of these.
Lisa is working on a Coast Guard Window for her son. This will be assembled in three separate sections (the top USCG rectangle, the middle square Anchor section, and then the bottom 2021 section). Once each section is tacked together they will be joined together to form one large window which will then get a border around it. She already has her letters and numbers cut out but right now she's concentrating on the center anchor section.
Mary's Cross and Dove Window is so very close to being completely cut out now. With the thin outer red border tacked into place and the accent circles and diamonds in position Mary is now cutting the black center background pieces and grinding them to fit. You can see where she started at the 3 o'clock position. Next week I think we'll see most of those black pieces in place.