Our tip this week has to do with blue skies and why we like to cut them from one large continuous piece of glass. Below is part of a sky that Jeannette made way back in 2014. Note how the grain and flow of the sky matches and connects even though the glass has been cut up into numerous pieces. This makes it appear as though the boat is in front of an unbroken sky even though it actually has been cut multiple times.
Now here's the same scene with one exception: this was put together by cutting pattern pieces for each piece of sky, laying them out onto a sheet of glass and cutting each piece independent from each other without caring about how it all lines up. Note how pieces of dark blue are surrounded by lighter blue sections of sky. Nothing joins together and the sky no longer has a peaceful flow to it. This is an important part of making professional looking stained glass. Skies should flow together with the grain connecting from piece to piece. Positioning sky pattern pieces on glass randomly will always leave you with a less than desirable looking window.
Tracey's knocked out another pair of Butterfly Lawn Ornaments and now has a slew of them decorating her yard just in time for summer. These aren't only good for decoration-- they also make marvelous gifts!