What does the term 'square' mean and how do we use a single metal square to draw a pattern? 'Square' mean a perfect right angle which is 90 degrees. We want four 90 degree angles (each corner) to make a rectangular or square window. It's what carpenters base window frames, door frames, walls, rooms and buildings upon. Below is your typical Square tool which is formed at a perfect 90 degree angle.
Now measure from the bottom line upward to the height of your window and make a mark. Do this again starting at the bottom right and again mark the height of your finished window.
So first up we have Lisa's Tree Of Life Window which looks amazing. As one of our newest students I have to say that her patience and work ethic put her right up there with students that have been with us for years. From the design, to the colors, to the cutting and right on out to the soldering I have to say that she went for broke on this piece and hit the jackpot.
Betty's second Reindeer has the regular painted eyes along with a ore transparent moon behind it. Why the moon? It enables the wire antlers to be firmly anchored to the reindeer without fear of them breaking off. Betty has the wire work thoroughly down pat for the antlers of Santa's favorite animals!
Here's Tracey's latest Butterfly Lawn Ornament. This one proves that if you pick two colors that compliment each other you can't go wrong with this pattern. Also, Tracey's work speaks for itself, doesn't it?
Me, I just can't leave well enough alone. I've been making Flower Hand Mirrors for decades now (and there's no exaggeration in that statement) but when Roxie called me and ordered one I had to play with the pattern just a little more. Without seeing the old pattern right next to this new version you'd be hard pressed to find a difference but they're there nonetheless. I made this using just four colors of glass, most of it being scrap glass and I'm very happy with the end result.
Cindy has started work on a very interesting and complex window. Based on an M.C. Escher drawing we are calling this The Spiral Marble. The cuts along the top and the bottom of this piece are VERY complex and I'll give you a better look at some of those cuts when we return next week.
Bee has the majority of her Doggie In A Bathtub Window cut out and she's now begun grinding it. She still has to cut the dog itself out of glass but wants to attack that after everything else has been fitted together. She's also going to cover the feet of the tun and the pole completely in lead. It's a fun technique and done correctly it looks great.
Two to go! The background of this window will easily be cut in just one class so if Shawn can get those last two ornaments cut and ground we can get that background cut out two weeks from now. I love how colorful this is!
So there you have it-- all the work that was accomplished during Thanksgiving week. We had a few absences due to the Holiday but all in all we stayed busy and got a lot accomplished.