Flux Brushes are finicky tools. To work correctly (much like a toothbrush) they should have fairly short bristles. I ALWAYS trim the brushes that we use in the shop to a more manageable length. The shorter bristles have more support. When you flux your project you should almost be scrubbing the flux onto the copper foil. The common misconception of fluxing your project is that you are applying liquid on top of the foil. What you should be doing is cleaning the copper foil using the flux as a cleaning agent. Flux is a mild acid (which is why it burns if you get it in a cut) that eats through grime and oil that coat the copper foil. You may not see it, but it's there. Use only the tips of the bristles while fluxing your copper foil and BE SURE TO WIPE OFF EXCESS FLUX FROM YOUR BRUSH AFTER REMOVING IT FROM YOUR FLUX! If you see puddles of flux on your window you are making things much harder for yourself. Finally, NEVER leave your flux brush resting in the flux. It's acid. Place your brush on your project, off to the side, or resting on top of something but never leave the bristles immersed in flux.
So then with that out of the way, Susan D has finished her large Geometric Flower Window in which she used all earth tones. It measures a full 28 x 28 inches and that's why she used 1/4 inch foil on this piece. As large as this is I have to say that the extra foil (which translates to extra lead) and the zinc channel have helped make this fairly sturdy. Geometric repeating patterns are hard to make because the slightest deviations from the pattern stand out like a sore thumb but there aren't any deviations here because Susan took her time and followed her pattern perfectly.
Linda L finished up the work on her Flowers and Humming Bird Window and once it was washed, colored and waxed she completely changed her mind about it. Last week it was covered in flux and only partially soldered (which never showcases the strengths of a project) and Linda just didn't 'feel' it for her window. Once it was hanging up she had to admit that it was FAR better than she gave it credit for. Me, I love the lead beak-- It's a nice extra flourish of design.
What is this interesting pattern of glass? Well, it's going to turn into a Spinner next week when Susan R puts the finishing touches on these six 3x3 squares and then connects them to form a uniquely shaped Yard Ornament. I can't wait to show this one to you-- the pattern looks intriguing even in this unfinished state.
With her Tree Of Life Circular Window completely tacked together Lisa began soldering the front of her incredible design. She's taken it home so she can solder on it throughout the week and knowing Lisa's track record I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be completed when she comes back in. Once both sides are soldered all we need to do is bend a zinc channel to the correct size and then wash and color it!
Then we have Tracey who ran out the door without me getting a picture of her Butterfly! This is last weeks picture but I know it's all wrapped and ready for solder now. I give this just one more week before she takes it home.
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