Your Glass Cutter is a delicate instrument and far smaller than you might actually think. It's the Cutter Wheel that does all the work by scoring the glass as it rolls over your glass. This wheel is positioned in a slot an the bottom of your cutter which one of the red arrows is pointing to in the picture on the lower left. As time goes by this slot will likely fill with grit and dirt which can stop your Cutting Wheel from spinning freely. In the picture on the bottom right you can see that the slot on my cutter is completely clogged (you can't see through it) and needs to be cleaned.
Cleaning your cutter takes less than 5 seconds. Simply take one of the pins that you use to hold your glass pieces in place and gently push it into the slot behind the cutting wheel to force out any grit and grime that has accumulated there. It may take a few pokes to clean it out but after you've made a few passes with the pin you will hopefully be able to see through the slot (as you can in the picture on the lower right). If your cutter has a long oil wick you may not be able to see completely through the slot but you will still see a lot of dirt and debris come out. Taking care of your cutter is an important part of stained glass crafting because you will only ever be as good as your tools are. Also, remember to oil your cutter again after performing this procedure. Just a single drop on the cutting head will do.
Now Melissa's Butterfly and Louisiana Iris Window was certainly worth the wait! Her attention to detail may slow her down some but in the end that extra attention pays off in spades! How can anyone say 'no' to a window as beautiful as this is? What impresses me most is Melissa's beautifully subtle blending of colors. There's nothing harsh or super contrasting about it, it all just flows together.
I have to say that adding that scrolling topper to this rounded version of the Bathtub Lady was a stroke of genius on Susan R's part. She had a choice between either an Art Nouveau or Art Deco style but in the end the Nouveau version was easily the best choice for this stunning piece of art.
Shelley finished her Butterfly Suncatcher but opted to wash and color it at home. Still, you can easily see how good this looked even when it's covered in flux and has no light behind it.
Who's been busy during the week between classes while at home? Cindy! This vehicle (I don't know the make of it but I will next week) has so much hidden detail in it only because it hasn't been wrapped yet. Trust me, this one one VERY impressive window!
Annette has her newest Angel all ground and what a great job she did on it! What I admire most is her ability to maintain symmetry in this piece which I usually have to adjust for students when they think they are finished grinding. Balance in something like this is extremely important and this Angel is surely well balanced.