Friday, November 18, 2011

Good Eye!

With a lot of hard work and determination Cindy has managed to complete her front door panels with time to spare (about 1 week) even with the setbacks she encountered along the way to her deadline. She brought the actual wooden door into class so she could insert the last 2 panels as soon as they were washed and waxed which gave me the perfect photo opportunity. Here is Cindy's front door.

And while she was at home Cindy was keeping busy making her Christmas presents which happen to be nothing less than a slew of hand mirrors! These are here first batch and she's got just as many ready to be soldered at home yet.

Take a look at Ann's first full sized window. It's hard to believe that it's been about 3 years since she made her last full size window which proves that making stained glass is just like riding a bike-- you never forget how to do it. Her window is beautiful but the photo doesn't show the hint of color that runs throughout the background glass. It's visible in the upper left of the window but for some reason it's just not photographing well at all. Nonetheless, the work on this speaks for itself.

Anita and Myrt's Duck window was also completed this week. After changing 2 or 3 clear pieces this window is now flawless. A lot of times 2 people working on 1 window can be a problem but Myrt and Anita did it the best way possible-- one at a time. Two people working on one window at the same time just causes confusion especially if there is grinding going on. If it's a fact that too many cooks can spoil the soup then this is clearly the exception to the rule.

One good duck deserves another. This one that Pam made is about 1/8th the size of Anita and Myrt's Duck window but it's nothing short of charming. I think Pam may be working on something a little bigger next time around, but you never know-- she works a lot on her glass at home so she may just return with some other cute panels completed or just about ready to be finished.

Terry, who also manages to do a lot at home, finished up this Fleur De Lis window this week. The ambers and browns along with the diamond cut background give this window a nice tudor like feel.
Down here in Louisiana you can't go more than a day with out seeing a Fleur De Lis or two. And I've seen a lot of stained glass Fleur De Lis in my 5 years of teaching down here. Terry used up a variety of glass that she had lying around and came up with this modern view of a classic design.

Terry is extremely prolific with her glass work which is evident as we view the 3rd window she's been working on this week! It's another fish window with a bit of a variation from the last one she completed. This one is about to eat a shrimp rather than go after a fishing bobber. Talk about a subtle way to say Louisiana! Nice work all around, Terry.

Roxie decided that she needed to make another box and came up with this Fleur De Lis design for a box top. All it needs is some solder and a bottom and she'll be taking this home with her. Most glass is labeled by number but there are more than a few pieces are known by a name. In some cases our students or even a customer will 'name' a glass (unofficially of course). Roxie has dubbed the brown Spectrum Rough Rolled glass "Cinnamon" and we already have other students asking for it by that name now. It's certainly easier to remember than 110.8RR.

PeeWee is working on his FDL windows. It's a set of 2 and the FDL's are made out of Cinnamon glass. :-) This one has its background almost completely cut save for 3 pieces that he'll cut after it's tacked together. This will ensure that his edges are lined up perfectly. It would have been easier has the glass been large enough to accommodate the entire width of the window but it wasn't. But as always, we manage as you can see in the picture of his window below.

While PeeWee worked on his window, his wife Dianne cut out 2 more transom windows with a different design. We've stretched it a bit to get it to fit the opening but the design is completely recognizable when compared to the picture she originally brought in. I love her choice of colors along with the red in the center as larger accent pieces. And she's moving along quickly! She'll begin grinding this in her next class.

I smell Seafood! I wonder if Patty will smoke a cigarette when this is finished or if she'll have a beer to go with it! (Perhaps both!) With only a handful of shrimp to go this window is about to take a permanent residence in Patty's home soon. Since all the pieces were so small Patty wrapped it all with 3/16's foil which means that soldering it will be a breeze. She's close now!

Janice was cutting and grinding her new sets of flowers and as she finished each one she bagged it. When she left I found she had 9 flowers cut, ground and all put away. I'd love to show you the work but it would take a half hour to piece them all together and lay them out for you. So look at the contents of these 4 zip lock bags. Aren't the contents wonderfully colored? Just wait until you see them all assembled!

And Graces Medical window is REALLY taking shape now. there's only the final thin border left to go before she can start wrapping this and then solder it all together. It's an interesting shaped window as it isn't rounded or rectangular. I don't think we've seen anything quite like this in class before. I can't wait to hold it up.

After Anita finished up her Mallard window she came back to her Purple Calla Lily Window. With the front side soldered there's only the back side to go so I'm sure we'll be seeing this one completed soon. I love the blue-green border glass she's used on this.

Myrt made a few minor changes on her pattern (don't you just love White Out!) and began cutting it apart and separating by colors. She'll be cutting glass before you know it and I think this will be one colorful window. If you look back in time here in the Blog you'll see her original flower window that this pattern is based on. There have been a lot of changes but the sun in the corner will help point the way to the original design.

Lastly I need to apologize to Cindy for mislabeling her work as Pams a few weeks back. When Pam came in and asked who the other Pam was that I mentioned in the Blog my mind went blank as I searched for an answer. When she said that she hadn't made the 2 bird suncatchers as I said she did I got even more confused (which isn't hard to do) and it took me forever to realize that it was actually Cindy who made these two pieces. They say the mind is the first thing to go but with me it appears to be everything all at once!
That's about it for this entry. Come back soon and see what gets finished next down here in the bayou.

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