Lately I've had more than a handful of students tell me that their foil hasn't been sticking to their glass. If this is happening the first thing you should do is to wash the problem piece of glass and then allowing it to thoroughly dry before re-wrapping it. Sometimes glass picks up residue that you can't see which prevents the foil from sticking. Most times washing the glass will fix the problem but if that doesn't do the trick then you might want to try a fresh roll of foil. Here are four foil tips that every glass crafter should be aware of:
1) Foil that has been exposed to colder temperatures usually loses a lot of its stickiness whether it's sealed or not.
2) Silver backed foil, for whatever reason, is notorious for being considerably less sticky than other foils even when it's brand new.
3) If you have any rolls of foil that are infrequently used you should store them in a zip lock bag that you've squeezed as much air out of that you can. This actually makes a big difference in keeping your foil sticky.
4) Foil can last a good 2 years even when left out in the open. Unopened foil can last many years as long as the seal of the packaging hasn't been broken. (Alas, not silver backed foil.)
Okay then, with that out of the way we're going to look at something that hasn't been done here yet. Lisa found an old Lantern, unscrewed four screws, removed the clear semi-textured panels that came with the lantern and replaced them with panels featuring a Bevel and some fancy stripes. The end result goes far beyond charming and she even managed to sell this in under a week. It's easy to see why!
And we finish up our completed projects with another Sunflower Hoop done by Betty. I think I definitely started a trend when I made mine out of two different yellows tones and then mixed the two colors between each Sunflower.
Judy M has begun work on a new window this week and got pretty far on her red, white and blue cowboy boots. That lone star on each boot sure gives the window a Texan feel to it. These will be much clearer to see once the brown glass has been cut but if you ask me this window already looks very apparent even if it isn't ground already. That's because Judy is taking her time cutting her glass which will save her time later on.
Mr. Bingle is all tacked together and he even has three yards of Strong Line running throughout him for extra support. When Cheryl returns we will add the first of two borders and add even more Strong Line there as well. We're going to make this large window as solid as it can be! An a big congrats to Cheryl for coming through what she did this week. It wasn't easy for her but she did it with a smile on her face.
With the border attached and everything soldered Cindy's Pelican Window will be finished upon her return. All she needs to do now is to attach some zinc channel and that won't take long at all. After that Mr. Pelican will get a bath in some patina and then get washed and waxed.
And here's the pattern that Shawn will begin working on next week for her husband. He wanted a scuba diver and some sea life, but NOT a dolphin. You can find plenty of inspiration online but almost everything underwater has dolphins or other ordinary fish. This Manta Ray was exactly what Shawn was looking for and it was easy for me to draw!