Monday, August 26, 2013

Squirrel Eggs In The Attic

We're going to start this update by resuming our suncatcher tutorial that got postponed last week.  We've already covered how important it is to be precise in cutting out your paper pattern and this week we're going to stress the same thing with the cutting (and grinding) of your actual glass pieces.  If you take your time cutting your glass you will spend far less time at the grinder fixing mistakes.  Having to extensively grind your pieces is ALWAYS, without a doubt, much slower than taking your time during the cutting process.  You can spend 2 hours cutting and then spend 6 hours at the grinder or you can spend 3 hours cutting and 1 hour grinding.  No matter how you weigh it out you must perfect your cutting skills and that involves taking your time.  The first 3 pieces of the flower in the picture below have not been ground.  You can see that they almost fit the pattern already. (click on it to see it more clearly)Almost all the cuts are outside curves so simply taking our time and following the line with our glass cutter will ensure a close fit.  There's really no secret to these three pieces, it's all about following the line with your glass cutter.

Sometimes you won't be able to fully cut out a section of your glass piece because a curve is too deep.  In that case just cut straight across the curve as in the picture to the left below.  Inside curves are the most difficult cuts to make but there's no excuse for not following the line on any outside curve. Remember than an inside curve cuts INTO the piece you are saving.  Inside curves almost always require extra grinding to make the piece fit.
Remember that your piece is only ground correctly when you can see the pattern line running all the way around the glass when it is placed on top of the pattern.  If the glass overhangs the pattern at all it needs to be re-ground.  The piece is correctly ground in the picture to the right.

Now, I've skipped the important step of using pins to secure our pieces because I didn't want to obscure the lines in these examples.  What you see below is my flower with four pieces correctly ground.  To continue any further I'll need to pin them down and that's what our topic will be next week.  Remember that having your pieces fit together properly is the key to good stained glass.  When I grind I make multiple trips to the grinder.  The first thing I do is grind off any line that I see on my piece and then I lay it on my pattern to see if any alterations are needed.  If I need multiple adjustments I do them one at a time while fitting my piece to the pattern between adjustments which prevents me from grinding too much off of my piece.

Just remember that your glass pieces MUST match the pattern and you'll be fine.  There really isn't any trick --it's just like learning to color in a coloring book.  Keep your glass pieces within the lines on your pattern. People always tell me that they don't know where to grind their piece to make it fit the pattern but the answer is easy: Just lay the piece on top of the pattern and if you can't see any of the underlying line on a given area then the glass must be trimmed there.

Okay, with that out of the way let's move along to what our students have accomplished this week.
This Yellow Rose Window that Becky made has been a favorite of a lot of students throughout the past few weeks.  Becky's attention to detail really made this, her first window, a spectacular accomplishment.  There's a delicacy in this project that most beginners don't have the skills to muster but I'll say that Becky made it look easy.  I'm very proud of her work and can't wait to see what she accomplishes as her time with us increases.

Linda finished her Fleur De Lis Bevel window and brought it in for some channel and some hooks to hang it by. I have to say that the symmetry of her window is nothing short of perfection and that she's done another great job!  Just look at those precise lead lines.  I've always loved clear beveled windows and Linda's FDL project is no exception.

Terry finished her Beveled Cross Window but it looks a little different from what she originally envisioned.  The clear granite textured glass surrounding the cross was supposed to square it off but after she cut her pieces she realized that all four of her corners were out of square because the pattern wasn't drawn correctly.  Rather than fight to make all the corners line up Terry cut them into an oval and then squared that off with the seafoam green glass that she used in the cross itself.  Then she bordered it with the clear granite textured glass again and the problem was solved!

Terry also completed her Deer Panel this week and this window was completed without a single problem.  The sun went down right before I got a picture of it so you can't make out that the border is a brown/amber root beer that looks great when it's lit up.  Of course Terry's Deer Window looks great whether it's lit up or not as shown by the picture of it below.

Betty worked diligently on two projects this week.  You can see that her latest Cross Window is all cut out and mostly ground (save for the border).  She also got the triple border for her Nativity window completed.  She opted for an ornate corner section that really gives this window a church-like feel.  I'm have a feeling that we'll see this one completed and lit up next week.

Next up we have Bonnie who could have taken the easy way out with the Crosses that she's making but instead she took the time to grind smooth jewels into the arms of her crosses which makes all the difference in the world.  She wasn't sure if she'd be able to grind out such small holes but using the 1/4 grinding bit was a cinch for her and she managed it with flying colors.  These will most certainly be completed when we see Bonnie again.

Next we take a look at the two windows that Brenda has been working on.  As you can see, although they are different sizes, they share a common border.  The inner ribbon border is far more challenging than a straight border but just look at what a little extra time has done to the overall appeal of these windows.   Brenda has come a long way and I don't think there's anything that she can't handle at this point in time.

Cindy resumed work on her Star and Blue Bonnets Window and all she has left to do is cut the curved inner border and then the final outer border.  All in all that's a simple drop in the bucket, especially for Cindy.  Next week this will more than likely be tacked together and ready for solder.

This is Linda's version of the Beveled Cross Window and it's fitting together perfectly.   I'm unsure of what she plans to use for the border but whatever she picks she can't lose.   This pattern is fast becoming very popular around these parts and pretty soon we'll be seeing them made with colored crosses in the center.

Then we have Martha's Beveled Crosses which are closer and closer to being finished.  I've been under the impression that she was making six of these but when I commented to her about having all the backgrounds cut out and tacked together she informed me that she still has three more at home!  Nonetheless, she'll be adding borders next week.

Up next we see that Susan is well on her way towards completing her Panel Lamp. Everything is wrapped and one side is even completely soldered. She had to cut the long, thin outer borders into smaller sections or they would surely crack when she puts the solder on the edges which holds the lamp together. Susan must be able to see the finishing line on this project now and I know she can't wait to have this lamp on it's base.

Mary's Beveled Cross Window (I told you these were a popular design!) is all together and she even has the front side completely soldered.  What you're looking at here is the back side and it looks to me as though she only has 10 lines left to solder before this project is finished.  She'll also need a bead of solder around the outside but that's child's play after accomplishing this much.  It looks to me as though we'll be overloaded with completed projects next week with this being one of them!


And lastly, we have a new student to introduce this week.  Jeanne started making her butterfly but we won't get to see it completed until next week.  She has it all cut out and ground and has taken the pieces home with her to wrap so we can have this finished within the first half hour of her next class.  You can see the lines I've put on the glass to show where we want to start and stop the copper foil.  It's very important, especially with a suncather, to make sure that our foil start/stopping point lies where another piece of glass will touch it.  This prevents the foil from coming loose when the heat of the soldering iron hits it.

Here's some possibly odd trivia for you:  It's a little known fact that squirrels actually do lay eggs. The incubation time is 12 weeks but can take up to 13 weeks for larger species. After the eggs hatch the mother squirrel ingests the eggshells to replenish her diminished calcium supply.  Immediately upon hatching, the babies crawl into their mothers pouch where they will find nourishment and warmth for the first 4 weeks of their lives.  This process is draining on the mother so from time to time the father squirrel will take over babysitting duty, nestling the infant squirrels in his own, smaller pouch while the mother rests.  Fact or fiction?  You tell me.  :-)

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Monday, August 19, 2013

She Picked Something Up

It's been a busy week here in the shop -- We're about to install more church windows and time is fleeting so we're going to skip our tutorial for making a suncatcher and resume it again in our next post. So, let's start off, as always, with our completed projects of the week.

Linda's Octagon Celtic Knot Window offered her no challenge at all!  I think she completed this within three weeks and I have to say that Linda made it look like child's play.  She found the back side (the bumpy side of the glass) to be a bit more of a challenge to solder but as you can see from the picture it all worked out in the end.  The beveled knot alone would have looked just fine in the center of the window but the extra curved ring of square bevel accents filled in the empty spaces perfectly.

Cindy's Indian Squaw Suncatcher turned out wonderful.  It was more or less completed last week but she forgot the pattern at home so we were unsure of how the wire nose and the beads that form the necklace were placed.   Cindy actually used a wire instead of a chain for the necklace so it maintains its rounded shape while it's hanging rather than clumping together in a pile.

Ann had decided that she wanted to make an Angel Hand Mirror and came up with this design all on her own.  She had the Angel cut, ground and wrapped and tacked together so it was a simple matter of cutting out the rounded mirror and then soldering it all together.  I really like the size of the actual mirror that Ann's made here-- You can see an entire face in it with no problems at all.

Anyone even the slightest bit familiar with this Blog knows that when you see a stained glass Butterfly we're about to introduce a new student.  The interesting part of this student is that she has the same name as another student who is currently taking classes.  So without further ado we are pleased to introduce to you Linda L and her wonderful green Butterfly.   She had no problems whatsoever making this so when she starts her LSU window next week I think we can safely expect great things.  (I just love putting the pressure on!)

That wraps up the completed windows this week so now we'll take a look at projects that are currently in the works.  I do believe that this beautiful Yellow Rose Window will surely be completed next week.  Becky's first window is going to be a hard one to top because everything about this is perfection.  Her curves all flow perfectly, her straight lines are uniform and her inner circle is spot on.  She has her eye on some Fleur De Lis Windows and a nice Horse window but I'm unsure what she'll do first.  Come back next week and we'll show you just what she decides to do next!

Betty has gone all out with the modern Nativity Window that she's making.  Feeling that one border would make the window somewhat nondescript she's opted to go with a classic, church-like triple border.  The corner sections aren't completed yet but they will be when she returns and you can already see just how much a fancy border adds to a window no matter how simple the design.  Betty also began working on an Iris Corner Piece while she was at home and she has it all cut and ground.  She was wrapping it while she was in class but the Nativity window kept her pretty busy so she only got two or three pieces of the Iris wrapped.  But I wouldn't be surprised to see this come in again all tacked together and ready for its closeup for it's feature on the blog next week.

Now tell me this isn't a gorgeous window.   Brenda added another straight border to frame out this Beveled Cross Window and I have to say the the end effect is nothing short of spectacular.  Just two colors alternating outwards make this a very elegant design.  She did a wonderful job lining everything up because it looks perfectly symmetrical to me so I'm giving it two thumbs up before it's even completely soldered!  Wait until you see this when it's completed.

Cindy resumed work on her Star and Blue Bonnets window.  Her pattern has been adjusted to fit into the new size and she's about to begin cutting flowers.  Sadly, her Waterlilies suncatcher met with an untimely demise.  The pieces slid out of her hand and literally crashed onto the ground.  The flowers themselves are intact but there's nothing left of the water to speak of.  Therefore, when we see it again it will have new blue glass cut for the water.

Martha's making major headway on her own Beveled Cross windows.   She's got four of her backgrounds cut and ground with a fifth one just about completed. That means that she'll most likely be cutting borders when she returns.  To make things go nice and easy Martha has cut the backgrounds to the exact size of the crosses.  This will negate extra space in the window's background and make them actually seem fuller than larger windows made with the same sized cross.  In other words, these are going to make great gifts.

And speaking of crosses, Mary ended up selecting a new background glass for her Beveled Cross Window because it's been 2+ weeks and her background glass is still back ordered.  She's gone with clear Artique Glass surrounded with a clear granite backed glass which will certainly make the beveled cross sparkle.  With everything cut and fitting this well already I doubt that Mary will have much grinding to do before this gets wrapped and tacked together.

Mary Grace is all tacked together now.  Or should I say her window is!  Like Cindy she had a bit of a problem this week when her window took a header into the grass.  Luckily only one piece broke and all the King's horses and all the King's men managed to get Mary Grace's Window back together again.  She'll be soldering this when she comes back in for sure.

Shelley started her newest window and I have to say that her cutting has come a long way.  With all of the sand just about cut out she'll be moving on to the water, sun and sky next.  When this beach scene is completed Shelley will paint names onto the buckets along with footprints in the sand to represent her grandchildren.

Terry's lamp is completed so she has two irons back in the fire this week.  With her Deer Window almost completed (all it needs now is solder on the back side) she decided to do the lead work at home.  While she was in class she started working on a Cross Window of her own very similar to what Martha is making.  It a very nice shade of seafoam green that really adds to the crosses distinctiveness.  All it needs now is a border so I'm expecting both of these to be completed real soon now.

Wrapping things up we look at the same picture that we saw last week of Susan's Panel lamp.  The reason we're looking at an old picture is because Susan cut and run without saying that she was packing up which meant that I didn't get a picture of the fourth side of her lamp.  Punishment for running out on us involves listening to un-danceable elevator music all during class next week.  She's really gonna hate that.  :-)

I promise to have the second installment of our 'Return To Suncathers' lesson in the opening paragraph of the Blog next week.  Everything is coming to a head all at once here in the shop and the place has been nothing but hopping!
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekend Workshop: September 2013

Weekend Workshop Anyone?

We've recently had some inquires for classes from some people who live out of state, so we decided to put together a weekend workshop in September while we are between church windows. After getting all of the details worked out three of the people from MS had to back out due to a work conflict. Rather than cancel the workshop we are going to try filling the 3 vacant spots. Anyone that is interested in doing this 2 day workshop on September 7th-8th, 2013 should send an email to and please put the work "workshop" in the subject line. 
The cost for this 2 day workshop is $200. This includes 2 days of instruction, all materials used in the making of your 16" x 20" project, a light lunch and snacks served on both days. We have 8 patterns to choose from for your project. There are only 3 openings left for this workshop so don't delay in contacting us if you are interested. Don't miss out, space is limited and the openings may fill rapidly.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fire In The Hole!

As promised we're going to start with a few basics about making stained glass at least until this flower suncatcher is completed.  Hopefully it will serve as a refresher to some and for others it will open their eyes to steps that they might have missed when they first started.  We're going to begin by looking at the pattern for our flower.  If your pattern is cut out irregularly then your glass pieces will have no hope but to be rough images of the shapes you are striving for.  I see a lot of beginners start with patterns that look like the one on the left. (Click on the image to see it enlarged so you can see the differences between the two cut out patterns.)  This isn't a good start and only makes the rest of the work harder.  Your pattern should be cut out smoothly like the one on the right.  All curves should be subtle and graceful, not choppy and pointed.  Starting off with pattern pieces that don't match your pattern leads to pieces that can't possibly fit together correctly.

Now lets get to our students work.  Here we see that Bonnie's 16" Baroque Lamp is officially completed.  She may have complained about how long the project took but you can't deny that it is beautiful.  She hasn't picked out a base yet so I have it on one of our new bases, but Bonnie is leaning towards an old re-wired base to give her lamp the proper finishing touch.  I don't care what it stands on-- no one will be able to take their eyes off of this lamp shade!

This week also brought us to the conclusion of Shelley's Dog in a Cemetery Window.  Her work is spot on and the colors are perfect-- a bright blue dog amidst the cold lifeless colors of the cemetery just worked out perfectly.  Shelley has come a long way in class and her newest window certainly shows it.

Tami is one of our newest students and the work she accomplished on her window was impressive indeed. She started off wanting to make a simple single flower but I pushed her to go a little farther with a more complex pattern.  In the end I'm certainly glad I did it because she handled every step with ease.  Sadly, Tami won't be able to remain with us.  We're going to miss having her in class but this window will always remind her of our brief time together and what she managed to accomplish in that short time span.

Betty started this Beveled Cross Window last week and when she left all it needed was a border.  This week she came into class with the window completed!  She'd made sure that it has nice right angle corners that all line up with one another and with 4 curves that all look identical.  And I'm going to give Betty extra credit for remembering to start and stop the foil on all of her border pieces where another piece of glass will butt up against it.  There's nothing worse than soldering  the edge of a window and having the foil pop apart because of the heat.


Our last completed project this week is this Ballerina Window that Terry started just last week.  She drew the pattern herself and obviously couldn't wait to get to work on it.  I especially like the way she didn't take the easy way out and split the clear glass to the right and left of the skirt into 2 pieces each.  It would have made an easier cut but it also would have made the only superfluous lead lines in the entire window.  Also, I love the way we can see this ballerina's legs through her sheer skirt.  It's little things like that which make a window really stand out.

Well, Becky's Rose Window is all cut and tacked together which means that she'll be doing some heavy soldering next week.   It's so hard to believe that this is Becky's first window with us when you look at it.  Even though it's unfinished it looks great already!  She has numerous ideas for other projects and I can't wait to see them turn into completed works.

Betty also worked on this Abstract Nativity Scene window and plans on filling it out with either a double or a triple border.  She plans on making a second one in a larger size so don't be surprised when you see this done again in possibly slighy different colors next week.

Brenda got the pattern drawn for her Fancy Fleur De Lis and then started cutting out all of the paper pattern for it.  She'll be cutting glass next week on this and I have to say that it already looks like it's going to be a winner.  Other students are already talking about how great this border looks.

Cindy had to hold off working on her Star and Blue Bonnets Window due to some confusion about the finished size of the piece.  It turns out that there was, in fact,  a discrepancy but luckily we've managed to alter the pattern without the need to change anything that she's already cut out so she'll resume working on that project next week.  This week she completed her Indian Squaw Head but forgot the pattern at home so we couldn't finish off the wire work it needs.  Without missing a beat Cindy then started cutting out this Water Lilies Suncatcher as well. 

Linda's Celtic Knot Window is already cut and ground and tacked together on only it's second week of life!  Talk about making fast work of a large window.  I love that she filled out the background with some extra cuts and bevels to fill in the empty sections that most people would have just left blank. Her final border color is a dark green and I'm thinking that this has a fairly good chance of being completed next week.

Martha's Crosses are moving right along.  With all but one of them wrapped and tacked together she began picking out background glass for each of these small windows.  The backgrounds are all cut to the proper size which means that next week she'll just trace the crosses onto the glass and then cut away the excess making a perfect fit.  Then it will be border-time!

Mary Grace has her window completely ground and is now in the process of wrapping it.  Her inner green border was a little small so we just adjusted all of the other green border pieces to be the same width and then pushed the outer blue bevel against it.  You can see that the outside line of the pattern is about an eighth of an inch off but everything is square and it all lines up so that eighth of an inch is nothing but an incidental. 

Susan's got 2 sections of her Panel Lamp wrapped and ready for solder and to be honest I'm unsure of this is her 3rd or 4th section that she's grinding now.  I do know that it's all cut out and that everything lines up perfectly which is pretty standard for Susan's work.  This is going to be seeing the light of a bulb any day now!

Terry made her Ballerina Window while she was at home so while she was in class she worked on this Deer Window (Which is turning out to be a very popular pattern).  She's made a lot of headway on it so I'd say that Terry's back to making (at least) one window a week!  The lamp she made was a nice diversion but Terry says she's going to be working on flat windows for a while.

And that about wraps things up for this post.  Make sure to come back next week when we delve into the actual cutting of our suncatcher flower.  And, as always, we'll look at everything that our students have accomplished during the week as well as highlighting whatever projects are completed.  See you then!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Walking On Broken Glass

A number of people have mentioned to me that once you understand the concepts of something it's good to re-start again from the beginning to pick up things that might have been overlooked.  This is something that I understand completely so over the next few weeks we're going to be starting off each of our Blog entries with the basics of making a suncatcher.  We'll cover it step by step starting next week and hopefully it will inform those who read our blog but have never made a stained glass project as well as enlighten anyone who IS a student and knows what they are doing.  The devil is in the details and when it comes to making stained glass there are many details to remember.

Okay, so we're going to start off with Terry's completed lamp.  She took her time and in the end it all paid off richly for her because all the little details in her lamp work perfectly.  Look at how straight and even her three bottom borders are (which is arguably the toughest part of making this lamp.)  Terry's soldering was superb and required VERY little touching up on my part.  Again, my hat goes off to Terry for her excellent work.  She didn't have to regrind a single piece of this when putting it together and that says a lot right there.

We also have Betty's completed Hummingbird/Iris Window to look at this week and it's easily her best work yet.  And when I say 'yet' I have to say that the newest window that she's working on  may even surpass this one.  I love that the flow of this window travels from the lower right to the upper left.  And let's face it, Betty's colors are nothing short of perfection.

All of our students have been showing off their ever increasing talents and Cindy's work is no exception.  Cindy's abilities have grown in leaps and bounds over the past few months and this Deer Window that she completed this week shows that Cindy is paying attention to all the details.  You can't find a single flaw in this window

Becky is one of our newest students but her work makes it appear as though she's been taking classes for months already.  With only one border left to go it I know she'll be soldering this when she returns. And with all our other students commenting on how nicely this is turning out I'm sure that the finished version will be turning heads and gathering compliments from all of our other classes.

Bonnie's lamp, although not completed, is just about there.  I expected that she'd have 2 more weeks to go on this but with the outside now completely soldered (and soldered incredibly well I might add) there's only the inside of the lamp to lead before she can call it completed.  Bonnie changed her mind about the cap she planned on using on this and I have to say that she made a wonderful choice in the end.  The traditional cap she ended up picking is a perfect stylistic fit on her traditional lamp.  This will certainly be completed in our next update.

Betty also amazed me with her work on her latest window.  Look at those straight lines!  Look at that perfect fit!  She's only got 16 pieces of border left to go before she can wrap and solder this.  I have no idea what color she plans on going with but no matter what she picks she can't lose since the center is clear and completely color neutral.  Be it cherry red or another textured clear glass this will be stunning.

Brenda's latest Cross window is far fancier than any other Cross window she's made.  This one features a scrolling border that steps the entire window up 2 or three notches on the 'elegance factor'.  I've always said that a window's borders account for at least 75% of it's appeal and you can see from just the pattern why I always say this.   Brenda loves the design so much that she's also incorporating it into the Fleur De Lis Window that she'll be making next.

Let's look at Linda's project next.  Linda is another student whose work impressed me this week.  She traced out her pattern and literally went to town cutting glass while I was busy elsewhere.  When I looked up to see what she'd done she was rejoicing in the fact that she'd cut all of her inner curves on her own.  And just look at how this is fitting together without even having been ground yet.  Excellent!

Shelley came in and had a decision to make:  What color was she going to border her Dog Window with?  After looking through various colors we all decided that blue was the answer.  And you have to admit that it really pulls all her colors together.  Shelley has the front side of this window completely soldered which means that with only the back side left to go this will be completed when she returns

Then we have Mary Grace who finished cutting the final border of her Kaleidoscopic Window and then began grinding all of her pieces for a perfect fit.  Her work is better and better with each passing week and as you can see this fits together wonderfully.  With only a few pieces of red left to go and then the final borders I think it's safe to assume that she'll begin wrapping this when she comes back to class.

Meanwhile, Mary has decided to work on a Beveled Cross window similar to Betty's.  And Linda plans on making one herself so I'd say that it's safe to say that this pattern is a hit!  Mary also decided that she wanted to make a Deer Window so we worked out the size of that pattern while she was in class.  It will be interesting to see what she decides to work on first and it will be as much a surprise for me as it is for you (the reader). 


Myrt resumed work on her Cross Suncatcher which has now turned into a Cross Window!  She's added four background pieces made from clear Glue Chip glass and then surrounded them with the same green glass that was used in the center sections of the cross.   The glass she used came from an old window which still has some paint lines on it that will need to be removed with some steel wool but you can easily see what the finished project will look like already. 

Susan resumed grinding her 3rd panel which is only 5 pieces away from being ready for foiling.  She has the surrounding border for the last panel already fitted so she's well on her way to getting this lamp out the door.  The soldering on a panel lamp goes much quicker than that of a rounded lamp because each section is soldered as a completed window before it's tacked together to form the lamp.  That means that there will only be 4 lines that need to be soldered while the lamp is resting in her lap and I'm sure that knowledge is making her smile as she reads this.  :-)

Hip Hip Hooray, Martha's back!  She was surely missed over the past few weeks and her arrival in class was met with cheers of joy.  She managed to get four of her crosses completely wrapped leaving only these two left to go.  She's wrapped the bevels with silver back foil which tells me that she plans on leaving her solder silver on these windows when they're completed.  Alas, she had the completed crosses in her car when I came around with the camera so all i got were these last two unfinished pieces but they certainly show you what the others look like.


Tami came in and resumed grinding on her Double Flower Window.  Not only did she complete the grinding process but she managed to wrap all of her pieces as well.  Tami is another student who's making her first project look downright easy and I'm glad we went with the more complex design.  Her fit is flawless and this window is going to light up wonderfully when it has some sun behind it.  With only a border left to go I'll say that she easily starts soldering this next week.

We already looked at Cindy's Deer Window but she didn't stop when she got that completed.  She also managed to cut and grind this Indian Squaw's face complete with feathers!  She's going to wrap this and finish it when she comes back in but what you don't see yet is the extra wire work that goes into this pattern.  Trust me when I say that you'll be impressed when you see this again.

And that about wraps up this weeks happenings here at our Bayou Salé Glass Classes.  We had a song play during class that seemed appropriate to quote for the blog so I'll leave with with these 'immortal' words as sung by Annie Lennox:

I'm living in an empty room
With all the windows smashed
And I've got so little left to lose
That it feels just like I'm walking on broken glass