Something that I've just realized is that our students believe that you have to hear the sound of the glass cutter scoring the glass for it to break correctly. I understand came to this conclusion but it is just plain incorrect. During each students first cutting lesson I turn down the music in the shop and demonstrate cutting a piece of glass while asking the student to pay attention to the sound. I then state that you won't hear the sound if you travel across the glass slowly. This is entirely true but it doesn't mean that you have to hear the sound for the cut to break correctly. It means exactly what I said: "You won't hear the sound if you travel across the glass slowly." For the record, in no uncertain terms, you don't have to hear a sound while your cutter is making a score line for it to break. It just takes the correct amount of pressure.
That brings us to what this is all about. I watch students try to cut the lines that they've traced onto their piece of glass while sliding their cutter across the glass at nearly the speed of light. There's no accuracy involved at all and it just leads to much more grinding later on.
Even worse is when I see that the cutter never even started on the line (and I see that a lot). Below is a perfect example of an absolutely horrible score line. The black line is what the cutter should follow but the red dotted line is what I see more times than not.
So, in short, take your time while cutting. Cutting goes quickly no matter how slow you go. You can accurately cut almost any piece in less than a minute but I often watch students grind a single piece of glass for up to 5 minutes. Relax. Take your time. If you relax while cutting your glass instead of rushing through it you will EASILY be able to relax at the grinder and spend much less time there.
Okay then, here's Kerry's Nicholl's Mascot Window all finished and looking very cool indeed. It's not often that you see a dog with sunglasses but this guy makes it work just as Kerry did in making this window. Whenever we have two (or more) subjects that will be separated by a border or a straight line we make them independent of one another and then join them when adding the border. If you aren't following what I'm saying just go back a few weeks and watch how Kerry made this week to week.
Somehow (actually I know exactly how) Linda F's Christmas Gingerbread House was skipped last week. Had I included it in our last post the text would have said something about her moving along at a nice rate of speed and having her project halfway ground. This week I'm pleased to show you her completely ground Gingerbread House. The Gingerbread man himself will gain some features using white glass paint once this is finished and that surely won't be long now.
Cindy's highly detailed Butterfly is bigger than a suncatcher but smaller than a window. In all honesty I never know how to describe pieces this size. That said, Cindy's Butterfly has more pieces in it than window twice its size but she already has 78 of 137 pieces cut and ground already. Anyone who counts differently and proves me wrong gets a gold star.