It's come to my attention that a lot of our students don't realize that you can 'sharpen' your standard razor knife (or box cutter). For trimming foil I've found that a cheap dollar store variety of razor knives works just fine. The one thing you need to realize is that the blade MUST be extremely sharp or it will tear your foil rather than cutting it. I change my blade just about each day that I use it. Sounds expensive right? Nope, not at all. If your blade is extendable (as 99.99% of dollar store razor knives are) then you have multiple tips on each blade. In the picture below I've extended the blade revealing diagonal lines that allow you to break off a section leaving you with a new (and sharp) tip. Before I go further along I need to say that the first rule of these simple instructions is:
1) NEVER snap your blade without wearing safety glasses.
And that's all there is to it. Once you've done this a few times you'll find that you don't need a pair of pliers because most razor knives come with a built in tool for the job. We'll cover that and one other razor knife tip in our next post. If you thought this was amazing, wait until you see what we show you what secrets your razor knife hold when we return next week.
Okay then, it's time to address the fact that Susan R's Wine Hoop puts everyone who looks at it on Cloud Wine. I knew it was going to look great but all of that twisted wire work really put this over the top. This is what a Hoop Project is all about-- large wide open areas that would have to be cut into smaller sections with lead lines running all throughout if you were to fill the background with glass. Now that all of her work on this has been completed perhaps Susan will stop and smell the rosé!
Next we have Susan D's Cardinal Branch Decoration which is another stunning piece of art. Susan went for broke on this and had her bird and leaves attached to the branch before I even knew she was ready for that final step. And it was only when I went to take the picture when I saw that she even added little glass berries to the branch as well. Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit because this turned out perfectly!!
Betty was as busy as can be and came in with four large Suncatchers ready to be soldered. She's made one of the Mardi Gras Masks that I haven't seen made for a least 5 or 6 years now. That said, later on in this post you'll see someone else working on Mardi Gras masks. Before we get to that I really want to point out how perfectly Betty's Knot Cross came out. Everything lines up so perfectly and the curves are all very fluid and graceful.
Judy appears to be working from the outside inward on her Sunflower Window. She cut out both her blue sky and her Root Beer Brown border this week which means that the blank flower sections will be filled in with green and yellow when she comes back into class.
Lara had her Beach Sunset Window all ground and wrapped in foil when she walked in the door. She didn't have any borders cut yet but that was done during class as you can see in the picture below. Her colors are perfection and this window is now ready to be soldered. Pass me a Tequila Sunrise, please!