Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The Gay MacGyver

Sheri's pair of Sunflowers is stunning.  She went with mixed colors for the flower petals which always sets a sunflower off perfectly.  I have to say that Sheri's work has really reached new heights and this original design proves it.


Ann's Mother Mary utilizes youghiogheny glass which can be VERY difficult to cut until you realize that the pressure that you apply to your glass cutter is so very important in getting your score lines to break correctly.  As always with youghiogheny glass, a gentle pressure will yield you the best results.  Now that Ann has unleashed this pattern to the world, I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these.
Annette saw someone else (Susan D) make this Cardinal on a Branch and wanted to make it completely out of stained glass.  The original had a lead cast branch which we simply traced and then cut out of brown glass.  Now it's hanging from a chain in Annette's window.  Lovely!
Pumpkins, pumpkins, come get your pumpkins!   Cindy made three assorted Pumpkins  this week each featuring a very different color scheme.  That's what we call an artist's eye and you can see how wonderful a thing that is to have.

Susan D has 3D in her blood.   This week she created this marvelous Alligator On a Log that's impressive to look at here in picture form but which reaches a whole new level of 'coolness' when you see it in person!

Judy needed a box done ASAP and  by the end of the night she had completed her Double Bordered Picture Box.  We have two views of it below, one with the lid closed and the second with the lid slightly raised.  Say what you want but these stained glass boxes make wonderful gifts.

Give Peace a chance!  Sheri's tapping into the 60's and early 70's with her right and left handed Peace Signs.  It's minimal art with a maximum message.

Betty walked out the door with her Hummingbird Panel under her wing so to say.  This panel certainly went quick and easy for her.  She even added a lead drop eyeball for good measure which you can clearly see in the picture below.
Let finished this stunning Geometric Window and also came close to finishing another window as well which we'll see just a little bit later on in this post. 
Steve designed three different Christmas Tree Ornaments complete with curlycue hangers.  These were specifically made to be hung on a Christmas Tree rather than a window so they aren't the largest of suncatchers.  Steve has three more of these in the works but when I took a picture of them the clear glass on top of the white pattern paper didn't show up at all.  Rest assured that you'll see exactly what those like like next week when Steve returns.   
Susan D has another Dragonfly Spoon completed.  She utilizes the entire spoon in hers and they look great!

Moving along to our unfinished projects we start by taking a look at Susan R's latest project.   This Cross and Rose pattern has always been a favorite of mine and it certainly looks as though Susan's version will also put a smile on my face.  She's gotten along incredibly far with just one class of work in on it and I'm thinking that this could very well have some foil on it by the time it gets its picture taken again.

Our other Susan also worked on her Starburst Suncatcher and has it all ground, wrapped and tacked together.   As I always say, geometric designs are far more difficult than most people think and Susan is dealing with very thin pieces that the slightest bit of over-grind would mess up.  But as you can see she handled it perfectly.  It's all tacked together and just needs a little bit of solder to finish it off now.


Cindy began working on one of her favorite pieces-- Birds On A Wire.  Me, I think she's a glutton for punishment!  I have to say that I've never actually made one of these myself but I know that just the thought of grinding out all of those tiny little eyes gives me the heebie-jeebies!

Mary Grace was back this week and she's got all of the glass attached on her second and last Peacock Window.   She even managed to fill in the two corner pieces that square off the final form of this design.  That means that she'll be able to sit back and solder when we see her again next week.


Martha's Grinch Window is all tacked together and in need of a border.  I guess that will be handled when she comes back in.   I had no clue that she'd gotten this far along on Mr Grinch.   In fact, I believe this side is already soldered as well.  The end is near and soon Martha will be done with Mr Grinch.

When I helped carry Betty's glass and tools out to her car she showed me what she'd been working on at home.  That's six Grinch hands all cut out and looking WONDERFUL before they've even touched a grinder!   This is VERY impressive work!
Let was so very close to completing this window that it was a shame that she had to wait another week to complete it.   All she needs to do is touch up some of the soldering and then she can wash it, color it, wax it and hang it!

And this is another window that ALMOST made it out the door this week.  I hate to sound like a broken record but all Kerry needs is to touch up some soldering on this and then he can take it home for good.  There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you finish a commissioned piece, and Kerry is about to experience that.

Lisa is in the process of making a lighted Gift Box and once she foils the pieces that make up the top she'll cut out the bow and assemble everything to make the perfect Christmas decoration.   When this is finished she'll place a small string of Christmas lights inside of it to create a beautiful table piece.

With two thirds of her Hera Flag completed Shawn is on a roll!  The only thing left to g on this is the bottom portion of the feather and then she'll be able to add a border and then solder this all together.
Melissa has the rear panel of her multicolored Bird House ground and can't understand why it took her so long to grind something that only contains straight cuts.  And the answer to that is because it's ALL straight cuts.  People often think that straight lines are easy to work with but in reality, well it's not a day on the beach trying to keep everything straight while grinding away glass for a perfect fit.

June has most of her Sewing machine wrapped in copper foil and took this along home with her to complete the wrapping process over the week before she comes back in.  The background glass has a few wild cuts in it but I have no doubt that we'll see it all get cut out when June returns.

Now that MiMi's repair window has been tacked together MiMi is resting a little more comfortably.   With the gaps filled in with solder this doesn't look nearly as bad as it did before she tacked it all together.

Forgive the picture.  I had no clue that the wire fencing's shadow would be that prominent on Lisa's dozen of Christmas Ornaments.   She wasn't even going to let me take a picture of them but when I saw them in her car I knew I had to share with you all of the work that Lisa accomplished at home throughout the week. Impressive indeed!
With all six of her Reindeer Eyeballs cut into place Linda L was able to re-tack the faces together and then begin the soldering process.  There are now essentially completed  so it won't be long until we see Linda working on three Christmas trees!

And in the end we look at two more Cardinals which will feature wire work, and two more Silverware Spoon Dragonflies that Betty worked on.   They are already tacked together which means that Betty will have these completed before you know it.

And that's it for this week.   We're running late here because of a rush order that I have to get done ASAP and that means that the blogs may get out the door a little later on in the week than usual.  At least until I get caught up on my own work in the shop.


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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Tracing Patterns


How hard can it be to trace out a pattern using carbon paper, right?  Well, you do have to be careful that both the pattern and the poster board you are copying it onto are securely fastened to one another.  The carbon paper itself can freely move but the poster board and the pattern MUST be held together firmly because one slight slip between the two will ruin the entire pattern.  
Then there's MLS otherwise known as Missed Line Syndrome.  The more complex the pattern, the greater the chance is that you will accidentally miss tracing a line or two (or three or four).  The easiest way to avoid this is to use a colored pen while tracing.   Red works best but in the example below I didn't have a red pen handy so I used a bright blue pen.  Just use something that stands out and is easily differentiated from the black line that your pattern is drawn in.
A black pen tracing over black lines makes it hard to see just what you've gone over and what you haven't.  The same goes for a dark blue pen--  it's just too hard to see a difference.  Below you can see that the angel pattern on the right was traced using a bright blue pen.  The blue outline allows you to easily determine whether you've already traced a line or not.   

Anything that saves time is worth doing.  That's what these tips are all about.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

It's REALLY nice...For A Dump

Judy's Winnie The Pooh was completed with little time to spare and he looks fantastic.  She used black patina on the lead to give it that 'cartoon' feel and the face was drawn on Pooh Bear with paint.  That is one content looking bear!

Martha's Wedding Box is going to make the bride blush because it turned out beautiful.  These boxes are always the hit of the wedding and Martha's shows why that is the case!
Barbara wanted to make a stained glass window of the cabin that they stay at from time to time and this is an excellent rendition of the building.  She did a great job on this working almost completely on her own while at home.
Van Gogh glass has always confused me.   It's stunning on the front side but the back is just black paint over glue chip glass. That means that from the rear it's simply black glass while the front doesn't light up at all.  It's mainly used for mosaics where the back is unseen but I've seen it used in regular stained glass in various pieces online.  Lisa found an EXCELLENT use for Van Gogh glass by turning a 12 x 12 sheet of it into a 5 x 5 box that is to die for!  See for yourself. (And it was made in just over an hour.)
Check out this Frog!  Susan R used the perfect glass for her Frog Lawn Ornament that comes complete with a 3 dimensional front leg that reaches out from the rest of his body.  Her perfect craftsmanship is just the icing on the cake for this piece.
Ann's Wrought Iron Cross  design was put together using a unique blend of Yellow/black glass along with some black accent pieces.  The combination is perfect and the end result is inspirational.

Susan D has been working like a mad woman at home churning out these incredibly cute mixed media stained glass pieces.  She filled her ceramic vase with glass glob flowers on wire stems, and her cloth pumpkins come adorned with assorted Halloween glass figures!
Lisa also put together 6 or 8 of these teardrop suncatcher which feature a drop of iridized glass in the center along with a double swirled hanger on the top.    When it comes to shows you want a lot of small items, not a lot of large items because the small things sell MUCH faster.

Ann is working on a Mary and Child Suncatcher that we have yet to see made yet.   Her choice of glass is stunning but she's decided to change the halo that she traced out because the glass she originally picked is twice as thick as normal glass and very difficult to get small curves cut into it.  We'll see what her new choice is when she returns.

Cindy's got two different pumpkins under construction and both of these patterns have always been good sellers for me.  You just can't go wrong with stained glass pumpkins at Halloween.
Check out all of those tiny pieces that Linda's Birds On A Wire is made from.   More than anything else it's the beaks, the feet and especially the eyes that make this pattern so difficult to make.  But as you can see, Linda is working piece by piece and everything about this looks like it's perfection.

Jan is in the grinding phase for her 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' window.   She's grinding from the bottom up and she has the lower angel fitting together wonderfully already.

Here we have the three Reindeer that Linda L is working on.  Alas, I just noticed that we have no eye openings so we'll fix that when Linda comes back in.  She may have been under the impression that we would paint those on but it will be FAR better to cut them into place since we can do it without adding any extra lead lines.  
Sheri's Sunflower window was tacked together and then she got her oval border cut and ground into shape.   It's especially important for the border to fit together perfectly because as an oval there will be no channel around the outside edge to hide any alignment flaws.  This is now ready for solder and I'm sure we will see this completed upon Sheri's return.

Annette is making even more 3D butterflies and now has ten wings soldered and  ready to be joined together to form five complete Butterflies. I don't think she's making another mobile but I could be wrong on this...
Cheryl has ground the bottom third of her Cardinal Window and it's really fitting together nicely.   At this rate it won't be long until she's ready start foiling all of her pieces and get a border cut out.
Let got two borders attached to her Geometric Window and she even has the front side soldered already.  That means that she'll be starting another window next week  as this will be completed with plenty of time to spare during her next class.

Melissa is making an Emergency Birdhouse!   Her Street Number sign is taking a back seat to this housing project which she may be making more than one of.  There's apparently a homeless bird situation  around her yard and she's determined to fix the problem pronto!

June has her sewing machine all ground and will begin working on her background glass when we next see her.   Actually there aren't that many pieces left to go (maybe 11 or so)  and then June will be able to get her entire window tacked together.
After completing her Wedding Box Martha resumed work on her Grinch Window.   This is coming together rather quickly now and I don't think it will be much longer before she tacks this together and adds a border to finish it off.

Susan D has another Bee, another Dragonfly Spoon, and a Starcatcher #3 cut out as well.   The Starcatcher is an advanced pattern which requires precision cutting of some seriously thin pieces of glass.  Susan not only cut them but ground them as well.   The toughest part of making Geometric Patterns is keeping them symmetrical but if you look closely you'll see that Susan achieved symmetry with relative ease.
Mary has another Angel Wing Heart started but she disassembled it before I could get a picture of it.  You can easily see the pieces that she's already ground in the zip lock bag to the lower left of the pattern.

Kerry's Umbrella Lady got her rain background cut out and now he's ready to tack her together.  He's found the perfect border glass for this and will be adding that to his window when he returns next week.
It's been tacked together and MiMi has filled in all of the gaps leaving behind a window that looks better now that there are no visible holes throughout it.   Next the owner has to decide on what she wants done for border(s).  We all believe that solid red is too much for this window so MiMi has assembled a few different color combinations and sent pictures of then to the owner.   We'll reveal the winner next week!

And to wrap things up here we have Shawn's Hera Flag.  The top panel has now been ground and I'm thinking that it will be tacked together next week.  The bottom third is the easiest to do so it won't be long now.

 And there you have it.

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