Running Pliers. The knob near the hinging point is called a set-screw and it was put there for a reason. Can you break your glass without adjusting the screw correctly? Definitely. Can you get difficult, complex or deep curves to break (correctly) without adjusting the set-screw? Sometimes, but most times not. When students tell me that they've broken a piece three times and then ask me to cut it for them my solution usually begins and ends by adjusting that set screw correctly. Students also believe that the adjustment process requires strong witchcraft. It doesn't. It's essentially just a flick of your wrist and it takes most people less than a second to do. That's no joke. I can literally adjust my pliers in less than a second.
Most times when I use a students pliers the set-screw is turned up so high that the top and bottom halves of the breaking edge of the pliers actually touch (as in the picture below). This is bad. Even if you don't know how to set them you shouldn't stop the set-screw from functioning altogether.
This screw is very much like the seat belts in your car. Can you drive without your seat belt on? Sure. Are you safe without your seat belt on? Most times yes, but when you need that seat belt aren't you glad you had it on? Also, it takes longer to put on your seat belt than it does to set your pliers. Now I've been writing up instructions on how to adjust the set-screw correctly and although it's simple enough, writing down the step by step instructions gets somewhat convoluted because of all the detailed wording needed to explain a simple movement. Next week I should have it whittled down to a less verbose set of instructions. It's honestly just three minuscule twists of your thumb and pointer finger. Word of warning- If you are a student of ours you will be practicing set-screw setting this week with me. Be prepared!
So then, Lara's Flower Pot Window is finished and it's definitely going to be turning heads. The level of detail that she achieved on this window goes above and beyond what she's accomplished in the past and her soldering was a work of art itself. A stunning gift indeed.
Shelley's Flamingo Window looks incredible and the glass that she used behind the bird is perfection. Sadly, this glass is no longer available because it is no longer being made anymore. Only the best glass gets discontinued, but at least Shelley used it for all of its potential in this gorgeous window.
Jan finished her small Pelican window which is no larger than a standard sheet of paper. Because of the small size she was able to forgo a border since it was light enough to hang from circular hooks that we attached on the corners of the brass channel that surrounds it. Jan also used a small piece of wire to seperate the beak rather than cutting it in half since the beak was so narrow. Had she cut it in half most of the glass would just cover in foil which wouldn't look nearly as good as this solution does.
Cindy's final Bicycle Wheel Spinner is finished and ready to be staked into her yard. This one, as you can see, was done in Mardi Gras Colors and the wheel itself even sparkles. All of that shiny chrome makes this wheel look as though it came off of a brand new bike.
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