One problem I see repeatedly are border pieces that aren't straight. In our classes we cut borders with a strip cutter which means that all of our lines start off perfectly level. Sometimes when these pieces come back from the grinder they look like the top edge of the top piece of glass pictured below. This happens when you apply too much pressure against the grinder wheel. The glass gets 'hung up' and creates ridges and ripple along what started out as a perfect straight edge. Simply ease off on the amount of pressure and your piece will slide evenly and smoothly across the wheel all the way to the end.
Another problem I see occurs when students stop putting pressure against the glass before the glass comes off of the grinding wheel. This results in flaired corners as pointed to by the arrow below. You must carry completely through on your pressure until the glass slides off of the grinding wheel to prevent these flairs. It may not seem like much but little things mean a lot in relationships AND stained glass.
So then, first up we have Cindy who came in and washed and colored her Pelican window. Alas, it took a little longer than I expected it to but only because she colored it black . That should tell you that we let it sit with the black patina on it for 45 minutes before she washed it off. One the 45 minute wait was over with she rinses the patina off with water, dried the window and then cleaned it good with vinegar and a toothbrush. No wax required.
Susan D's Winter Window was completed and it fit perfectly in the wrought iron frame that she made it for. With this being such a complete success I think we'll be seeing more of these seasonal panels being made by Susan over the months to come.
Then we have Betty who put the finishing touches on her latest Sunflower Heart Suncatcher and can now essentially make these in her sleep.
Linda F's Bears Around A Campfire Window is all ground now and looking for a little foil action. Every time I look at this I think of Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. Even at this stage you can see that this is going to be one sweet window when it's finished.
Cindy has begun making our first Bicycle Wheel Spinner here in the shop and since she's in the second class of the week just about everyone saw this under the table and then told us that they have old wheels at home that they would like to add glass to. Leave it to Cindy to start a trend.
Kerry has begun work on a much smaller version of the American Flag and Eagle Window that has been so popular here in our classes over the years. Although the pattern may lead you to believe that this will be made as a pentagon it actually will be set into a larger rectangular window. Also, what you see below is only about 8" wide.
Annette got all but the background cut for her Falcons Skull Window. This is gathering some severe reactions in our other classes due to the subject matter. Everyone is horrified that she's making a Falcons Window! (Long Live The Saints!)
And that's it for this week.