Well now, I wish I got a better picture of Lara's Scales Of Justice Window but brown glass is incredibly hard to photograph in the shop at night when there's no natural light coming in the in the window. This picture was taken with a flash which shows the flow of the brown glass but also causes a glarewhich reveals finger prints that are normally invisible. Still, you can see just how wonderfully Lara did on this project. She moved along quickly and efficiently on this project and I can surely say that Lara knows what she's doing in here.
Carol's large Beveled Cross Suncatcher is absolutely gorgeous. The glass that she used to border the bevels is a beautiful color that adds just the right amount of contrast.
Mary Grace finished her Morning Glory Suncatcher and is officially ready to begin new project. The only problem is that I never took a picture of it. I hung it up so that it was back lit, walked over to get the camera and got distracted I guess. They say that the mind is the first thing to go but I think I recall it being a very beautiful suncatcher.
Tashia's Bowl of Hygieia Window is ready for solder already. This week we saw her tack the center together and then get the border cut, ground, wrapped and tacked. A little brass channel was added to protect the edges and Tasha then took it home with her so she could solder it during the week.
Carol had this Humming Bird and Rose all cut out when she came into class and then wrapped and tacked it together. She then cut a clear textured piece of glass to fit the background and traced the bird and flower on top of it. After a few quick cuts Carol was ready to begin grinding.
Brenda has her Oval Irises all cut out and tacked together and now she's going to insert it into a rectangular background so she can square it off. We've hit a small snag since the window isn't perfectly oval but we're making due and when this is completed no one will ever be the wiser except for you, me and the millions of other people that read this blog weekly. ;-)
Jeannette really made some incredible progress on her three inserts this week. She got all of the center sections tacked together and then got all of the border pieces cut and ground as well. And as if that weren't enough, she even has one of these completely wrapped! Whew!
Melissa is our newest student but she's catching on to every step of the stained glass making process very quickly. This week she resumed grinding her window and by the end of class she was wrapping it already. I do believe that we'll see a border on this when Melissa returns next week.
Judy has officially cut the last piece of glass for her large Seafood De Lis Window. She's taken the outer border pieces home with her to wrap so she'll be able to get this tacked together and then get a zinc channel on the edges when she comes back in. We're using zinc channel to help give this window some extra strength since it's so large. A wooden frame will probably need to come into play because the background glass she picked is much heavier than most glass which makes the window stronger, but in turn puts more weight on the solder joints and channel.
Tracey has all of the glass cut out for her Address Numbers Window and will surely end up spending her next class in front of the grinder. This is a nice sized window so grinding may take some time especially since there are a lot of straight lines involved. If they aren't ground precisely the window will look messy and we can't have that!
Paula resumed work on her Wedding Box and she's got the flower portion of it cut out and ready to be ground. Since this has a leaf extending beyond the border it's a little trick to grind but there IS a trick that we will be using to ensure a perfect fit.
This week Myrt continued working on her Fuchsia and Humming Bird Window. With everything ground she's taken this home so she can come back with it all wrapped and ready to get it's background cut. This is a window that has more background glass than subject matter which makes cutting the background from one piece the most practical way to finish this.
Susan D has really made progress on her Fireman Window and she's just about ready to tack it together. there are a few pieces left to grind but the majority of this window is already wrapped. Now that this is all fitting together it's easy to see that the fireman is carrying a little girl in his arms (which wasn't apparent to some people at first). It's amazing how much clearer a window becomes once everything is in place.
Martha has begun wrapping her three Fleur De Lis' and it looks like she's making good progress. They all fit together beautifully but we're going to alter the pattern so it doesn't have those deep cuts for the next person who decides makes these. That will make this project far easier to make.
Ann has started grinding the Fleur De Lis portion of her window and is working from the bottom up. When grinding there is no right or wrong place to start, you just want to pick a spot and work onward from there picking a piece of glass that touches another piece that you've already ground. This is really coming together now as you can plainly see.
Sheri is in between projects so she started this Frog Suncatcher and got it all cut and ground. Next week she'll have a pattern for a Crane Window that she wants to make so I'm unsure if we'll see this frog completed or not. Time will tell.
Shelley has all of her Sunburst Window tacked together and she's even begun soldering it as well. She's taken it home with her where she hopes to finish the soldering so she can get a channel and some hooks attached to it next week. I'm very sure that we'll see this completed when we see it again.
Bonnie started another Multi Colored Fish Suncatcher and got it all cut and ground during class. She's taken this home to wrap and I have no doubt that she'll complete this when she returns next Tuesday.
Becky S has started work on two Birds on a Wire Windows and she picked the one that I like best-- the one that curves. This is another pattern that I really like and plan on making in the near future myself. The little tiny eyes are a paint to cut out but the end result is always worth the extra work.
So now we're up to date (as long as we don't count the Fusing Workshop that I will be covering next week) and we will be getting regular posts on Monday evenings from here on out.
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