Now just look at this. Carol's first lamp is completed and what a lamp it is. This is the finest soldering job I've ever seen on a student's lamp and this her her first shot at it. I'd let Carol solder one of my lamps any day. And don't you love the colors that she picked for her Magnolia Lamp? This lamp teaches students a lot about how curved projects are made without being completely overwhelming them. Looking at how this beautiful Magnolia Lamp turned out I'd say that Carol is ready for any lamp she wants to make.
Linda F completed her To The Moon and Back Again and I think he looks great as well. She was worried about the outside section of the heart around the curve but as you can see there was nothing to worry about because it's perfect. I've always loved the moon and/or sun windows that students make and this is no exception.
Cindy's Birds in a Row is officially completed this week also. This is the second time that Cindy has made this and I think that it proves my adage that things will go almost twice as fast the second time you make something. And I think the workmanship in this one is even better than that of the first one (and I had no problems with the first one.)
And Susan's completed another pumpkin Lawn Ornament. I'm particularly proud of the fact that she did all of the wirework herself. She gets a big shout out for that because that makes her the first student to do her own wire working.
Jeanne completed her quick and dirty Fleur De Lis suncatcher and then forgot to take it home with her. I guess she was busy thinking about her next project!
Betty is really going to town with her Angel Nightlights because she has 12 of them completed with only(?) 10 left to go. She had some problems getting the edge soldering just right but after learning that you need a drop of solder each time you touch your iron to the edge she got the hang of it pretty quickly. In fact, her edges are perfect now.
Linda L has everything but her borders tacked together on her three Transom Inserts. They already look incredible. Next week she'll start adding the thin final borders one at a time and then start soldering them. She's wrapped everything in black back foil so that means that she'll be using black patina on the lead for these and that's a great choice for clear windows.
Susan is another student who has the majority of work done on her project. Her Zen Garden is all put together and soldered leaving only the gnarly tree to add to the upper corner section.. And wait until you see how that's made.
Charlie has begun working on new inserts using a bevel cluster that I haven't seen in a long, long time. It used to be a favorite of mine but we don't have the bevel yet so Charlie cut out the background glass and wrapped most of the inner bevel border for it. When the bevel comes in he'll cut the background glass to fit it.
Brenda's Tiger De Lis is officially ground and is now ready to be foiled. She's had second thoughts about the pieces of glass she's used for the pupil of the eye because the dark section of the glass isn't dark enough to make they eyes stand out, but that won't matter because we'll just dot them when this is finished. That tongue is perfect though!
Gale came in and immediately got the yellow border attached to her circle and then added corner pieces to turn this circle into a rectangle. She has a three tiered border coming up next and that's where the real fun will begin. But the end result will be amazing.
Myrt started her Tulip and Butterflies window. I wasn't sure how three butterflies would look in one window but they've balance out nicely. I can't wait to see what colors she decides to make them. The trick will to make sure there's enough contrast between the top butterfly and the flower.
Terry's got her horse window is all rounded out. That leaves just three corner pieces and a border left to go before this trots out the door. She's made this before and again, it's going quickly for Terry.
Mary Grace decided that larger was the way to go so she started working on the larger 3D Bee Ornament. It looks like the eye's will need to be cut out of glass for this one since the globs she's been using in the smaller bees are far to small for this pattern.
Vickie got her butterfly completed this week but I didn't a picture of it! Perhaps she can bring it back in so I can share it with you next week. Until then, take a look at the pattern for the Fruit Bowl Window that she'll be making. She's got her paper pattern all cut out and all of her colors have been picked which means that next week she'll be cutting glass.
Jeanne has begun work on this LSU Tiger Window. She'll make the tiger, tack it together and then add the background to it. There are a lot of stripes in this tiger and if you look closely you may be able to spot a hidden LSU in it. If you can't see don't worry-- you will once the glass is cut.
Carol said that making her Magnolia Lamp was a bit daunting so she's going to start working on this panel lamp as her next project so she can 'calm down' a bit. She did wonderfully so she really has nothing to be concerned about.
Wow, it's been a busy week and our students never seems to rest because there's an awful lot being accomplished. Just keeping up with the pictures and the Blog is almost a full time job. Don't forget to check us out again next week!
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