Blue Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Markers are the best marker to use for your stained glass needs but they have delicate tips which must be taken care of. Here are my 5 simple rules which enable me to use the same marker for weeks at a time.
1) Never trace along the edge of a piece of glass that hasn't been ground. If you trace along a sharp edge you will almost surely ruin the tip of your marker. Grind it (and dry it) before tracing along any piece of glass.
2) Apply on the slightest amount of pressure when marking your glass. Pretend you are drawing a line on a new born baby because using any more pressure than that will only blunt the tip of your point.
3) Never go over a line back and forth numerous times. This only makes the line wash off quicker when grinding the piece. One pass is enough.
4) Never draw a line on wet glass. You can only do that about 10 times before the marker is permanently ruined.
5) Put the cap back on your marker! Also, when you throw a marker away keep the cap so you have one to use as a spare. It's amazing how quickly you can lose your marker's cap.
Okay then, Lara's finished her Fleur De Lis and it features a French Curve motif setting it apart from most of the other FDL designs that we usually see. It's twists like these that make standard traditional designs look fresh again. Gorgeous colors, perfect symmetry, and an always impressive double border help make this a VERY elegant window.
Robert's third Door Insert was completed this week and it follows a design that matches his first two windows only being much, much smaller. It's still very impressive (size matters not) and the beveled border sets it all off spectacularly. To me though, the highlight is that purple accent trim along the center bevel.
Last week Cheryl had the ten sections of her Bird House soldered and ready to be joined together. This week she did just that. The only problem we had was with the roof. She really liked the staggered panels from a birdhouse that she saw on line but when it came time to attach them we realized that stability was going to be a big issue. In the end we reinforced the edges of the roof with wire which then looped down (almost invisibly) so it could be soldered into the corner lead lines of the house. When it was finally finished the roof was as sturdy as ever. This proves the fact that that just because you see something on the internet it doesn't mean that it's a good, solid design. That said, we did fix it and if this is ever done again I know exactly what has to be done to make it sturdy from the get-go.
Three arms down and one to go! Shawn's got a good handle on this multi-armed window. We ran a small test on the brown fusing glass that she used for the first arm by leaving some flux on it for a week. Sure enough, as suspected, it left some marks. That's why we aren't going to tack anything together until Shawn only has background pieces left to cut. With a little luck we can get most of those pieces cut and ground in just one night.