Proper Grinding is important for numerous reasons. The two most
notable being 1) to allow the foil to adhere to the glass better, and 2)
to prevent your piece from cracking when solder is applied.
Below is a piece of glass that has not been ground. The edge is shiny and the corners are sharp enough to easily cut through any foil the you might try to use on it.
Okay, first up is Lara who was surely busy this week as she completed her Townscape Window. That unbroken sky really makes this stand out as does the aerial coming off the 'point' of one of the buildings. It's called wire work and it's sort of like adding a cherry on top of a dish of ice cream-- it may be unnecessary but it certainly adds so much to the end result!
Angie finished her Beveled Cardinal window but I have to confess that I'm only calling it a cardinal because of the deep red border that she surrounded it with. The bird is actually too generic to name but I kept seeing a cardinal after the border was cut and attached.
Sheri's pair of Ladybugs are wonderful but those legs and antenna make this a project that beginners should steer clear of. It's no so much the wire work itself that makes this so difficult as it is the need to make a heavy elongated blob of solder to connect the wire to the body. Let's just say that it's incredibly tricky but incredibly worth the time it takes to accomplish.
Linda F's Multi Colored Owl is as stunning as it ever could be. People look at this and think that it's an easy pattern to male but it's far from a beginner's pattern-- Linda just makes it look easy by completing these Hoot Owls so quickly!
For our final completed project of the week we look at Lisa's beautiful Duck Suncatcher. She's gone the full nine yards by adding 2 posts and then affixing those posts into a piece of wood to make a stunning tabletop glass and wood sculpture. I've always said that glass and wood work together well and this finished piece by Lisa is my proof!
Next up we have Bee's Cardinal window which is truly stunning . I feel it's all because of those beautiful wing feathers that are spread so beautifully throughout the center of her window. This already looks amazing to me and it's certainly in capable hands as is clearly evident.