Check it out, Susan has finished her Plate Window which she designed herself! She had seen the plate-in-a-window idea online and when she saw the Flower Plate Window that Linda L had made about a year ago Susan decided to run with the idea and come up with something of her own. She wanted plates as flowers with a vine running behind them and that's exactly what she got! She worried about the splits in her border pieces but she did a beautiful job figuring out where those cuts should reside. Perfection all around.
Well, this is a first and I'm sure that it won't be the last because after Cindy completed her Blue Bowl this week she immediately began coming up with a color scheme for the next one that she plans to make. Now this can't me used for food, lead free solder or not, but as a decorative piece it really rocks! I'm also expecting other people to begin making these as well. The best part of this is that there's no pattern required-- just a stainless steel bowl and some random assorted cutting and fitting.
Susan R completed her second Rose Bud Ornament but I forgot to snap a picture of it. I figured that I'd just throw the one she made last week into Photoshop and change the color from red to pink but this was the best I could come up with. I was able to easily (and believably) change the flower color to blue, orange, purple, yellow, violet, or even green(!) but pink was elusive to me. Nonetheless, even though the color is off by a mile, the design itself clearly matches what she made this week.
Meanwhile, Susan D is taking advantage of these hot summer days and firing up her kiln to about 1500 degrees to create wonderful glass Bracelets. These innocent looking baubles have something which isn’t innocent at all: touchability. Light COE-96 glass fused with assorted shards of color. A delicate, almost silk-like feeling. One size fits all while maintaining a deliciously relaxed fit. These are innocence and mayhem all at once.
As you can see, Let is already well under way with her newest project. These two Cardinals nestled in a series of branches are about to become her latest and greatest window. She's moving along at lightning speed both in class and at home but the quality of her work never reveals the speed at which she's making these windows because her pieces always fit together perfectly.
Susan R showed me a picture of a geometric suncatcher that she wanted to make but the picture was out of square so we didn't use that as a pattern. I've always had trouble making these circular spirals perfectly so that you could use a single pattern piece to make the entire design but this time something clicked in my head while drawing it out and I stumbled upon the secret to rotational patterns. And I'd say that it worked because Susan used one pattern piece to cut this all out and it already fits together wonderfully before she's even taken it over to the grinder.