In the past few weeks we've had a few issues with students having problems with their projects taking patina. Largely this is due to people rushing to get things done in the last few minutes of class but the problem in each case has always been one of two bad conditions. First, your window MUST be completely cleaned before applying the patina. Use the scrubby side of a sponge and DON'T USE SOAP TO REMOVE THE FLUX! Just use water. Next dry the project thoroughly (we don't want excess water to dilute the patina solution) and remember to shake the patina bottle vigorously before applying it. It may take some extra time to add these few simple steps but it's sure quicker than spending a half an hour trying to get your patina to take.
So first off in our completed projects we see that Martha has finished her Build Your Life Window and I must say that her border glass is as beautiful as the subject is. She took her time on this and her attention to detail shines through, especially in her lettering (which is never easy to accomplish). I know she found this to be hard work but her patience and perseverance have really paid off and she now has another big feather in her stained glass cap.
Our last completed piece of the week was done by me and since it's Christmas I thought I'd share it here as a little bit of inspiration for all of our students. The holly leaves and berries were an afterthought and are actually overlaid on top of the panel but when I do this again I will surely cut it into the actual glass.
With Christmas fast approaching we still have a few projects to get rushed out of the door but, as always, I know we'll get the ones that need to be finished completed before Christmas arrives. It's amazing how quickly that holidays gets here though, isn't it?