Here's a quick and simple tip to celebrate the end of 2021 and the start of 2022. We all know that we have to foil our pieces of glass after they've been ground but did you know that the starting point for your foil matters? As a rule of thumb you want to begin (and therefor end) your foil on the straightest side of the piece you are wrapping. You also want to start near a corner rather than at the center of the side you are starting on. Most importantly, you NEVER want to start your foil in the center of a deep curve.
In the picture below the red arrows point to where you DON'T want your foil starting and stopping. The yellow arrows point to an area where it's safe to begin foiling and the green arrows show you the best place to start. All of this helps to stop your foil from splitting while going around curves, and to help make the trimming of any foil misalignments (otherwise known as stair steps).
So first up this week we have Melissa's incredible complex Kaleidoscope that she made as a gift for a friend who has lost someone. Melissa knew that the rainbow images that this creates might help bring about a smile. She also had the idea of using one of the three sides to show a cloudy day with a second side showing the same scene but with the sun shining through making the world bright again. Then, as the icing on the cake, Melissa had the lyrics to the song 'I Can See Clearly Now' printed onto the glass on the third side of the triangular Kaleidoscope. The three sides come together telling the viewer that although things look bleak now, they will get better.