The sponge that rests behind your grinding wheel is an integral part of your grinder and should never be forgotten about or taken for granted. People don't realize that it can easily become plugged with ground glass which then prevents water from reaching the wheel. I always pour some water directly over the sponge whenever I add water to my grinder to help clean it but even doing this isn't enough for truly good maintenance. Actually, you should remove the sponge and wash it out regularly. If you find it to be solid rather than 'spongy' simply hold it under running water while squeezing it until all of the ground glass trapped within it has been removed. Doing this will prevent your glass from chipping and make your grinder head last longer.
Now take a gander at this! Bee's Cardinal Window has officially been completed and you can't tell me that all of the work she put into this wasn't worth it. The design itself is original and outstanding--those wings fanning outward just give a beautiful grace and balance to this window. I can't wait to see what Bee comes up with next!
Angie's Praying Hands Window just needs to be soldered and then it will be out the door. She cut her blue background out of one piece of glass cut to the size that she needed the background to be. She then traced that praying hands in the center of that glass and cut it out starting from the bottom and running to the upper right side of the glass. After that the rest of the cuts were in God's hands so to speak and in the end the grain of the 'sky' was perfectly aligned throughout the window.
After getting her background tacked into place Annette found herself working on her border pieces. I have to say that it didn't take long before she was ready to start soldering her Falcon's Skull Window. With the front side started there's a chance that this will be finished during her next class.