All of our students know that there are three main foil sizes that we use: 3/16 for small pieces and bevels, 7/32 for most pieces, and 1/4 for large windows. We generally don't use much 1/4 foil so we're going to forget about that size for now and just concentrate on the normal 7/32 foil and the smaller 3/16 foil. Below we see two different pieces of glass. The piece on the left was wrapped in 7/32 foil and the piece on the right was wrapped with the smaller 3/16. You can plainly see that the is considerably less foil covering the triangular piece of glass as compared to the piece on the left. There are times when we can use this for our advantage.
Always remember that the thickness of a lead line is measured by the end of the foil on the two connecting pieces of glass, not the gap iself. If there's less foil on one of the pieces of glass there will be less lead on it. This is a tip that can be used more often than you might initially think.
Okay, so first up we have Kerry's Santa Claus which was completed well in time for use as a window decoration this Christmas. Had it been finished sooner I'd bet my bottom dollar that we'd have seen a few more of these smiling Santas being made. Kerry's use of blue rounded gems with black pupils painted on the back side give the eyes a very realistic depth. What's not to love about this?
Linda F got her Victorian Window all wrapped and tacked together and then moved on to getting her border attached as well. There isn't much left to go on this because we all know that Linda can solder with the best of them. I expect to see this finished and pictured with some light behind it in the very near future.
Lastly, Ann worked on five new Christmas Ornaments and actually got one completed but my camera died (as you will soon find out it was a bad week for electronics for me) . The lights in the front room weren't set up correctly for my phone to take pictures so I missed a completed ornament. These are the four remaining pieces that just needing solder to complete and they WILL be finished upon her return just in time for Christmas. Also, Ann said that she'd bring the 5th ornament back so we could get a proper picture along with these other four. (The new camera arrived just this afternoon so we're all set.)
Well, of all the blogs I've ever written this one will remain memorable. I initially wrote it while in the car (yes, Russ was driving while I was typing) on my old tablet which has been having issues. When I finished and saved the file an error flashed briefly on the screen and the tablet restarted. Needless to say, I lost everything. I figured that it would be easy enough to re-write it since I knew what I was going to say but somehow the words just took me to different places for each and every picture. That said, I will never use that tablet again to write this blog. I will say that it was used hard and that it served me EXTREMELY well over the past ten years so I'm not complaining, just reporting.