Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Freezing Icy Weather

The weather here was awful this past week. Icy roads and freezing temperatures kept most people home but we had more than a few students who managed to brave the icy roads and show up for class. We even managed to get 2 projects completed.

Here we get to take a look at Ray's first window. Not only did he do a great job on it--he even finished it a week earlier than planned! It's a geometric design that at first appears to be a mirrored or symmetrical image but there are subtle differences between the top and bottom if you look for them. Ray had some worries about his abilities while he was making this but he's not worried anymore. In fact, he'll be starting another project when he comes back!

Jane came into class with the pieces to 2 bird houses all cut, ground and wrapped. She just needed to see how it all went together to finish them. Working together we assembled the first one as a team which gave her the knowledge to assembled the brown one herself. The Blue Birdhouse is pictured below completed and ready to hang in a tree. I have to say that these really turned out nice.

This is a look at the brown and amber Bird House that Jane took home with her to finish. She also brought in a small Votive Candle holder that was in the shape of a bird house that she would like to try to make bigger next week. I think it's going to look really good but you'll have to check out or next post to see just how that one turns out.

Here we get a look at another 3 dimensional project-- Paul's Terrarium. The bottom section is all tacked together now and the only thing left to cut is the bottom glass and the top cover. This is the first time we can really see this project starting to resemble its completed shape. All together Paul has just 15 pieces left to cut to complete this. I'd say that he's just about done now.

Meanwhile Myrt was busy cutting glass all night long. All that's left to be done is to cut out the butterfly and she'll be ready to start grinding. We're going to leave the sun uncut until we have this all ground and wrapped. Myrt is moving quickly on this one and her confidence level is quite high as it should be.

Terry's window is just about complete. She's got the front side soldered and has taken it home with her so she can work on the back whenever she gets a chance during the week. It's convenient being able to work at home but the problem most people have is finding the time to do it. I have no doubt that Terry will manage even if she has to stay up all night. I'm sure this will be finished when we see it again next week.

Anita cut out her water for her Aquarium Scene and it's all coming together now. There are a few filler pieces that need to be cut yet but she's almost to the point of grinding this window. She also has the crab cut and wrapped so once the pieces to the sandy bottom are in place Anita will be grinding. And once you start grinding you know that the hard work of making the window is over with..

And lastly we have a look at the Duck Window that Fran is making. The feathers got a bit mixed up and we can't quite get the tail of the bottom duck to fit together so Fran has taken this home where she will wrap and then tack what she has. Once it's all one solid piece she'll draw out the tail feathers again (there's less than 15 pieces in the tail) to make sure they fit just right. The colors are beautiful in these ducks.

Hopefully the weather will be warmer next week and we'll get to see more of our students. Plus, Grace, Janice and Cheryl should be making their way back into the shop soon. Janice has been recovering from knee surgery and Cheryl is recovering from Christmas, New Years, and her latest Cruise which she just got back from. And we're about to start our next set of church windows so keep your browser opened to this Blog to find out what's happening as the weeks go by.

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