Sometimes shortcuts can be taken when cutting glass. The trick is recognizing when you are able to take them. Note the brick chimney below to the left. It consists of 9 bricks each being very tiny. Of course you can cut each brick individually and then work at the grinder to get everything to line up but that involves precisely grinding 35 sides for a nice fit. There's an easier way. Simply cut the chimney in one large piece and then grind that so that it fits perfectly and you can see the pattern line around all the glass you've just cut. It should look like the image on the right.
Next follow the horizontal lines with your cutter and snap them so your chimney is now 5 individual pieces. (see the image below and to the left) Because they were cut from each other they will fit together perfectly. Lastly, make your four vertical cuts. This will leave you with your 9 individual bricks. Now just evenly skim each piece on your grinder. There's no need for extensive grinding because even un-ground, if you push all the bricks together they'll fit together perfectly. True, you're still grinding 35 edges but you aren't trying to make them fit together because they already fit. All you are doing at the grinder is making sure that you take off enough glass to allow for your foil.
So first off in our completed projects I have to say that Ann's Cross Window is spectacular and that's largely due to the elaborate border that surrounds it. Many times a triple border can overwhelm the subject matter of a window but in this case it's 100% perfect, especially since Ann introduced no new colors in the border. Her soldering was also spot on which helps make this window the stand out piece that it is.
Linda F worked busily on her owl Suncatcher and not only finished grinding it but started foiling at as well. Kudos to her for figuring out what the tip I was going to tell her would be. When cutting the three yellow sections that surround the pupil of each eye she should just cut one large yellow oval, grind it into place and then split it into the 3 individual pieces as we discussed earlier. In this post we've now seen three examples of this technique.