Friday, March 16, 2012

Grinder Shield Glass $7.50 Apiece

Pam is our first student to make a 3D topped box. The border is cut so that when it's joined together the center 'picture' is raised about 3/4 of an inch. It's an inverted bowl, so to speak. As I said before, it's a lot of extra work since the angles must be absolutely perfect for it all to fit together evenly but the end result is certainly stunning.
Pam also finished her first 3D Beveled Star. The star is the complete opposite of the box-- it goes together very easily (once you know how to attach everything). She had started both of these 3D projects last week along with a third box which she didn't get to finish this week so you can bet that we'll see that one in our next post.

Patty is really on a roll here. This is the 3rd set of cabinet door windows that she's made inside of 4 weeks. With only two more to go I'd say that she'll be completing this project next week. It's amazing what 5 little pieces of glass can do to make a cabinet door stand out from the crowd.
Terry came in and got the front side of her Egret Window completely soldered so she flipped it around and began working on the second side of it. When she left the second side was about a third of the way finished so it's a safe bet to say that this will be finished when she brings it back in next week. I also can't wait to see what else she'll bring in the door as I never know what she'll be working on next. And I just love surprises:-)

Hand Mirrors are really the rage here in the shop and Roxie has begun grinding all of hers now that they're all cut out. She's making 6 of them and to be honest I'm not sure which one this is but I'm guessing that it's either her 3rd or her4th. The others are now at home with her waiting to be wrapped in copper foil. By the time she's done grinding she'll be able to immediately start soldering without having to waste any time at all in between steps.

Cindy has the front of her Fleur De Tiger Eye Louisiana window all soldered. She's been having fun soldering at home so this will most likely be yet another completed project for our next post. Our students know how to move right along here!

Bonnie's Saints Fleur De Lis Window is a present for her husband and all I can say is How can he not like this? The border is now completely cut, ground, and tacked together so the only work left to do on this window is to get some channel surrounding it (the larger zinc channel will work best on a project of this size) and then solder it. I think this one has about 2 weeks left to go since there's a lot of soldering to do not to mention the cleanup and coloring process.

Ann has made a huge amount of progress on her Flower Window. You can't get a feel for the size of this looking at the picture so you'll just have to trust me when I say that it's just under 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide. With all these bright and colorful flowers in the mix it will be one cheery window when it's complete.

And last but certainly not least we have a look at the box top that Susan has been working on. As you can see there's nothing left to do for the top so next week she'll put the four sides together, add as bottom and then attach this beautiful top to it and call it complete! Look closely and you'll see that her background glass has a subtle hint of color in it that really ties this all together.

That's all the news that's fit to print here at the shop. With new classes coming up I'll be taking more pictures so you can see just what the tops of out work tables look like.

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