Here's a problem that happens every now and then-- the unexpected solder drop onto a piece of glass. No matter how careful you are it's easy to have a stray blob of solder fall off your iron and land on a piece of glass that's already tacked into place. Most times these drops simply flatten out onto the glass without incident but sometimes (if there's a lot of solder involved) it can take the shape of a small blob and just sit there heating up your glass. When this happens your best course of action is to keep your iron OFF of that solder blob! Touching your soldering iron to it in the hopes of somehow removing it usually cracks the glass. Leaving it alone is usually your best course of action. If you feel you MUST try to remove the blob you must act quickly and hold the end of your roll solder into it and let it cool for four or five seconds. If you got your solder into the blob quickly enough a gently lift upward should lift the solder up and off of your glass. Remember that excessive heat in any small area can break glass and touching your soldering iron to an already hot solder blob will most likely cause a crack to occur.
First up we have Angie's Autumn Pumpkin Scene which was completed this past week and she and everyone in the class were thoroughly impressed with the end result. Angie never rushed while making this and yet she moved along at a pace that only a skilled glass crafter could achieve. Her colors, her precision in cutting and grinding, and everything right down to her soldering shine vibrantly in this piece.
Jeannette has been filling in old window frames with stained glass for a while now but this one just flows so beautifully that I think it's stunning. Jeannette's projects get done super fast because of how much works she does at home between classes. She's a success story of mine for sure!
Shawn finished wrapping her Mario Window and then tacked it together which then allowed her to cut a border. After getting the border cut out (in a perfect color no less) she called it a night but she only needs to grind, wrap and then tack these pieces into place before she starts soldering this fun loving window.
Helen started work on a Fleur De Lis Panel that she will follow up with 4(?) more over the weeks to come. I was very impressed with her grinding this week. It's spot on all around this piece.
Beth's Turtle Suncatcher is a VERY detailed Suncatcher indeed. There are just four more piece of glass to cut and I have a sneaking suspicion that this could be finished when we next see it.
And that as they say is that (for this week anyway)!