Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Late, Late, Late!

This is the latest that this Blog has ever been updated. We've had a morning class already for the following week and I'm just finally getting around to writing up what happened last week! I place full blame on our internet outage and possibly some poor work ethics due to some distractions made by a new video game or two...It won't happen again. :-)

Let's start things off with a look at the Fruit Window that Mary Lynn made this week. Her work was flawless and her soldering required hardly any touch ups at all. In fact, I'd say that Mary Lynn handled a good 99% of this window herself. And results like this certainly make her teachers look good, don't they? :-)

This is a look at one of the 2 Butterflies that were made this week. This was done by Ann who seems to be a natural at the whole stained glass thing. Ann will be working on a Humming Bird window next.

Sheila is all ready to solder her Orchid Window! With everything all cut I suspect this will be completed not during her next class, but the one after. I can't wait until you see how the iridescent border looks when it's held up in the light. This one is bound to be spectacular.

Craig finished his Fleur De Lis window at home and sent me this picture. My final words of advice to Craig (before he took this to solder at home) were "Remember that when you solder, slower is faster". He said he did his best to work at a steady, even pace and he had no problems at all. You can rush through soldering and have to redo it 3 or 4 times to get it to look decent but the best thing is to move slow and steady through it the first time. Remelting solder is a strain on your Soldering Iron and it really slows you down. DO it correctly the first time and you'll ALWAYS come out ahead.

Darlene was the second of 2 new students this week and she managed to make this nice bright butterfly during her first class. She's unsure what she'll be making next-- Perhaps a Mickey Mouse window or a Wizard. She's going to be away during the next 3 weeks so she has plenty of time to think about it!

Jane's window has been getting a lot of attention during the last 2 weeks. She's got it all cut out now and every leave and flower has been cut into the trellis. It's hard to see a difference from last weeks picture but all her glass is now cut and she'll be wrapping this next week.

Barbara's back and she's just about finished her humming bird window. In fact, the front is almost completely soldered and all she needs to do is flip it around and get the back side. After that we'll add 2 hooks, wash this off and then call it finished! This pattern came from a Faux Stained Glass Window that she had. We altered it a bit by adding more curves and I have to say that it looks so much better than the fake one. :-) And the work that Barabra did is so much better as well!

Christine has the first of her Indian Windows almost complete. The front side of this is soldered and there's only the back side to go before we call this finished. She reduced the size of this from the orginal pattern and had to deal with a lot of tiny pieces but she did it! Christine has come a long way since she first wlked in the door here.

Janice and Grace worked together as a team this week on their last Fleur De Lis Window. An incrdible amount of progress was made by the two of them as you can see by the picture below. All of this is tacked together and all that we need to do next is add the center bevel border and then the final glue chip border. They'll be soldering this one real soon now!

And last, but certainly not least, we have Lea's Diamond Bevel china cabinet windows. She's got one complete set of bevels trimmed in an off-green glass and is working on the second set now. With the bevels all wrapped and tacked together I'm guessing that we might cut into the background glass as soon as next week! You can really see what a difference bordering the bevels in a light color does.

It feels strange to post this today because I already have news to type up about what happened this morning during class. I'm sorry about the delay in getting this out and I'll try to make sure that it doesn't happen again.

Bayou Salé GlassWorks

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