Saturday, February 6, 2010

French Weave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.95

Although the cold weather has the garden looking rather peaked, Jane's butterflies certainly do a lot to make it good again. It's just a shame that she took them home with her! When she left last week she had cut and ground the larger of the three butterflies. When she got home she decided to scale the pattern down and make another one slightly smaller. She shrunk the pattern twice and couldn't decide which one looked best so she took the safe way out and made both smaller versions. Back in class it took us about 10 minutes to come up with the best way to attach them to the poles that anchor the butterflies into the ground but what we came up with worked perfectly. They're solid enough to never come off the pole but easy enough to remove for a quick cleaning without pulling the entire pole out of the ground.
We had a new student start classes this week and readers who frequent this Blog all know what that means-- we have a new butterfly to check out. Roxie really caught on quickly and finished her first suncatcher with time to spare. As you can see from the picture she went with three different shades of green. I'm not sure what's on her mind for her next project but I'm pretty sure she wants to do a Cross suncatcher at some point. Perhaps next week we'll see one finished here on the Blog.

Wow, I must say that I was impressed when I saw that Julie has all of her first Iris window cut out. In the end she decided to replace 3 pieces of glass in one of her Iris' because they just didn't blend in correctly with the rest of the glass, but I suspect we'll manage to work them into the other window she'll be making. Make sure you click on the picture to see a larger version of it. Since it's tall and narrow it's hard to see in the thumbnail below.

Janice elected to solder her window in class after she got her outer edge of the background (the triangle sections) and borders attached. As I said before, she has this window down to a science now. This window is almost out the door and I wouldn't be surprised to see this completed next week.

Grace picked a heavily textured glass for her background (nothing new there!) but this one was fairly easy to cut. Rather than run the grain horizontally or vertically she decided to run it at a slight angle, sort of like rain in the wind. The end result is very attractive. She picked black baroque glass for the smaller inner border but she's not quite sure what the final border will be. She's got a week to mull it over so she can start soldering this when we see her again next Tuesday.

Lastly, we get to see the front of Patty's window all soldered. The brass channel has been attached and the Tabasco name has been baked onto the glass. She soldered this on her own and I've got to give her two thumbs up for doing such a great job. There's no doubt that this will be a finished window next week so come back and check this one out when it's all cleaned up and back-lit.

We have 2 windows near completion-- one will surely be finished and the other is going to be very close. Check back with us to see how they turn out.

Bayou Salé GlassWorks

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