Tuesday, June 22, 2010

You Never Forget Your First Piece Of Glass

It's always a pleasure to have someone get excited when they see their first project completed and Suzie's eyes just about popped out of her head when she colored her window and then held it up to the light. And she has every reason to be proud of her window-- just look at it!

Patty completed her two frames and I have to say that I had no clue that she was so far along on the second one! I must have been sleeping in class the week before because when she came in with everything ready to be soldered I was shocked. By the time she left she had both frames soldered and all I did was add the stand/picture holder onto the back of the frames. That means that Patty still hasn't seen them completed yet but she certainly will when she reads this.

We have another butterfly this week which means that we've started a new student on Wednesday. Rita will be joining us for the next 4 weeks during which time she will be working on a frog window. She did great on each of the steps while making her butterfly and I don't think her next project will be a problem for her at all.

Grace is ready to begin soldering her Saints window. She tacked the name portion of the window together and then added a white border around the entire window. Some brass channel around the edges finished it all off and when she comes in again she'll be soldering.

Jane was back, as busy as can be, cutting out more 3D butterflies. I'm starting to wonder if she might think that making that first one was a mistake. I believe she cut out 5 of them while she was in class which probably brings her grand total to around 30 butterflies (give or take a few). Since her glass was all in boxes there wasn't much to take a picture of so I'll show you the pattern that she's been using.

Janice has only 4 corner pieces and then the border before she can start soldering her window. She managed to cut the bottom background and almost all of the triangle fill ins while she was in class. There's only one left to go in this series and then she'll be moving on to something else that won't be so repetitive. She mentioned a jumping frog so we'll see what we turn up for that one soon enough.

Lisa began working on a medium sized Fleur De Lis window and then decided to make 2 of them rather than just one. She cut out 2 Fleur De Lis' in a beautiful green/blue glass and has one of them ground already. There's a hgood chance that she'll have the background cut on one of these when we see her next. If you're making two or more of anything it's always best to cut them all out at the same time. You get a good flow going and you're able to work faster.

Michele has decided to work on a classic stained glass style window. It's got a bit of a Victorian feel to it with some Fleur De Lis' to give it that Louisiana look that we've all come to know and love here. She'll cut out her centerpiece first and then tack that all together before she starts on her backgound.
Roxie finished up her 6 Fleur De Lis'on the grinder this week and then wrapped them and tacked them all. They all fit the pattern perfectly so we should be able to cut out 6 pieces of rectangular background glass and have them all line up perfectly on them. We'll see how well they line up next week but for now just look how nice and uniform her FDL's look.

Yvette has all the glass that she cut out in the past 4 weeks all ground and fitting together perfectly. She's even started to wrap these pieces (look closely at the bottom left feather and you'll see that they have foil on them already). She's taken the whole thing home with her so she can wrap all her pieces at night while she's watching TV. The rest of this peacock should go VERY smoothly for her since the toughest part is now behind her.

And that brings us back up to date. We'll have more progress to report on in less than a week so come on back and see what's been going on here.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Framed Again

We have 2 new butterflies to show you this week. That means we have 2 new students that we'll need to get acquainted with here on the Blog. Michele and Lisa began their first night without a single problem. They cut the glass, they ground it, they wrapped it and even soldered it without any fears at all. And that's how we ended up with these 2 beautiful butterflies. The first one here is Michele's (I hope I didn't mix them up):

And the second one here is Lisa's. They both have definite idea's for what they want to do for their first projects so I can't wait to see exactly what they pick.

Julie came in knowing that she's be soldering her window. She took her time and got the entire front side finished. Now all that's left to do is this top section of the back. That means that there is no doubt that this will be going home with Julie when she comes in next week.

Patty began working on 2 frames. She almost has the first one all ready to solder with only the 4 corners left to cut. The second one is all cut and ground and she's taken it home with her to wrap. My guess is that these will be finished next week!

Roxie has all 6 of her Fleur De Lis' cut out and 5 of them are ground and ready to be wrapped. For one reason or another the 6th one didn't make it into this photo and as the photographer you'd think I would know why this is, but I don't. Just take my word for it-- they're all cut! Next week Roxie will be wrapping and tacking her FDL's together in preparation for their backgrounds to be cut.

Look out, Suzie's on a roll! The colors in her first window already look great and this is just a picture of the window lying down on the table. With her border all cut and wrapped she'll be soldering this one next week and possibly completing it.

And last but not least, we have a look at Yvette's Peacock window. She spent the class in front of the grinder and got almost all of her feathers ground. I put a red line on the picture to show you exactly what she got accomplished. The righ side is ground and the left side isn't which means that all she needs to do is grind 9 more feathers and then she'll wrap and tack them together. I can honestly say that this window is really falling into place now.

I have one more Blog Post to get us up to date and with a little luck that will happen on Wednesday morning. Expect to hear from us soon!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tack Your Turtle

It's been busy here at the bayou both inside the classes and outside of them. We've got new students about to start classes just in time for the heat of mid-summer. All I can say is thank God for air conditioning!

Cheryl started this Fleur De Lis window last week and at the end of class she only had to solder it. So she took it home and did that work there. When she brought it back in the door tonight all I had to do was add some brass channel around the window and then 2 hooks to attach the chain it will hang by. As you can see it's another winning window by Cheryl.

Yvette has finished cutting out all of the teal colored sections of her peacock feathers. And she did it with a broken ankle. What a trooper! This window is really taking shape now. Next she'll grind what she's got cut out and then tack it together so the rest of the straight feathers will be easier to grind when she cuts them.

Janice got her center piece tacked together and cut out the upper part of her window, ground it and even tacked it together. Next she'll get the bottom section and the triangular fill ins that square out this window.

Grace tacked the logo section of her Saints window together and the lettering that spells out Saints. She cut the background of the letters and got most of them ground (though it's hard to see in the photograph) This one needs a border and some solder and then we'll call it finished!

Cheryl finished her Fleur De Lis Bevel window with plenty of time to spare this week so before she left we had her tack her turtle and then grind all of her bottom sea floor. She's taken that home to wrap and then there's just a fish and the water left to go on this one.

We're behind on the Blogs again. Come back Tuesday morning for another addition to help get us up to date again.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

This One Has No Title

Sock Monkeys are the rage. And unlike real monkeys they are hardly scary at all-- or so Patty tells me. Hers certainly looks friendly enough now that it's completed. You've got to love the glass beads that Patty picked to use for Naughty Margret's earrings. They're pretty classy for a sock monkey!

Suzie is moving right along on her Fleur De Lis window. She has everything but the border cut out and she's got all but 8 small pieces ground and ready to be wrapped. As always, rather than wasting time she took her pieces home to wrap so when we see her again we should have the border cut and the entire window tacked together and ready for solder.

And speaking of tacked and ready for solder, Julie has her Iris window all wrapped and ready to be tacked. I figure she has 2 weeks of soldering and then we'll get to see this one completed and pictured along side of her first window. I think her doors are going to look spectacular!

Janice is wasting no time at all getting her last 2 windows made. She's just about ready to start cutting her background out. You can see some of the pieces to her last window sitting there above this one which means that when this window is completed she'll be able to start cutting out the background to her last window.

Roxie, like Janice, is working on multiple windows now also. She's working on 6 Fleur De Lis windows in 3 different colors. In other words, 3 sets of 2. She's got 5 of the Fleur De Lis' cut already and would have had the 6th one completed also had she not run out of glass. She's on a roll now!

Grace resumed work on her Fleur De Lis Saints window. If there was any doubt that this window pertained to the Saints then she certainly made it clear when she added the word "Saints" across the bottom in black glass. I believe she said that she was going to finish this one with a double border. All the little extras that she's adding to this window help make it one unforgettable piece of glass!

And lastly we have Cheryl's latest project. She stopped working on her Turtle window to get this one started because it has to be done ASAP. I'd say she's done very well since all it needs is the border tacked on and then some solder. And to think that she started this in class just this week.

Classes are filling up again and we have a lot going on so be sure to stop by to see what's happening next at Bayou Salé GlassWorks

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