Monday, January 24, 2022

Put Your Beak On, Big Daddy

If you are having difficulty getting your foil to stick onto your glass pieces  you may very well want to try washing your glass.  Just dipping the piece in water and drying it off (thoroughly) can go a long way to getting the foil to adhere securely to your glass.  I do this any time There's been more than 2 weeks between my grinding the piece and wrapping it.

Okay then, first up we look at  Betty's Mardi Gras Jester which is a large suncatcher that captures that Mardi Gras feeling perfectly with its bright colors and mirthful design.  This is yet another great piece by Betty but let's face it-- we always know we can expect that from her!

Steve's Karate Crane showcases how simplicity can still create an incredibly moving piece of art. With only eight pieces of glass along with a small amount of twisted wire Steve has created a chef-d'oeuvre that looks far more delicate than it really is.  That's all because of the great construction that Steve put into this.
Judy's finished her Wedding Invitation Box which she started way back in 2021.  Actually this was her second week working on it and all she had left to do was make the bottom box section and then attach the lid that she had made the last time she was here.  As you can see it all went together perfectly. 
Well Cindy was as busy as can be during her 2 weeks off of classes.  Let's start the tour of her completed pieces by checking out the two Heart Suncatchers that she put together.

 Next we look at two crosses that Cindy made using only clear textures along with some iridised glass.

But wait, there's more!  Cindy also made a elaborate Parrot, two more Cross/Hearts and another Unicorn head.  Let's just say that Cindy's window is certainly full!

Next up we have Shawn who wrapped up the work on her last Christmas Ornament of 2021.   I'm not sure what she's making next but I'm fairly sure that it won't have anything to do with Christmas.  Great job on this BTW.
Speaking of final Christmas Ornaments, Mary finished and took home the pair she had been working on.  The one on the right came from the same pattern that Shawn (up above) used and even utilizes the same colors, just with a different color placement.


And now we're at the part where we check out the projects that are still under construction.  Let's start with June's Airplane project.  This is her first full sized window and she's moving along wonderfully.  All of the background has been cut which means that when she comes back in she'll start cutting out the actual airplane itself. The propellers and the struts will be added after this has been ground.

Lisa's making a gorgeous Circular Tree design that will reside in a stand which will display this on a table top.   She's using bright vibrant colors all throughout this and her use of mixed greens for the tree is superb.  The red sun against an orange sky really set this off.


Speaking of reds and oranges, next up we look at the multi colored fish that Linda F is making and is almost finished with.  It doesn't take much time for her to knock something like this out.  Don't think that this is a suncatcher though-- it WILL become a panel next week when Linda cuts out the background glass for this.

Next up we look at the Mardi Gras Fleur De Lis that Kerry is hard at work on.  Once his background was all cut and tacked together Kerry next assembled the bevel border that the alternating gold, green and purple border with fit next to.  As you can see they're already cut which means that Kerry has only 16 pieces of glass to grind into place before attaching his final border.

Let is moving along at an astounding pace on her first window.   She started this Santa Face last week (which means that she's the first person this year to begin working on Christmas items!) and she's already up to the first of her two borders.   She actually has the first one cut out and ground and has taken it home with her to foil over the weekend.   I have no doubt that she'll be soldering this upon her return.

Sheri is also making quick work of her project.  This Double Mardi Gras Mask window is one of my favorite patterns and Sheri is MORE than doing it justice! I've considered making this myself and I have a feeling that once I see Sheri's version of it completed I will end up starting one of my own.
Susan R has all of her Hoop Wine Scene soldered and she even got the wire twisted for all of the wire work that this piece involves.  Next week that will be tacked into place and Susan will walk out the door with yet another completed project.  This already looks stupendous even before the wires are attached!
Next we have Susan D's Cardinal on a Branch  which is all tacked together and now just awaiting its final soldering.  I can't wait to see this get attached to it's lead branch and colored because I have never seen this done before.  Susan's going to teach an old Paul new tricks!
Cheryl has stopped working on her Fleur De Lis Window temporarily until she gets these three boxes completed.   It's all about priorities and as you might (or might not) be able to see she's got a wedding box started which usually means that there's a deadline involved.  Luckily boxes go quickly.

Lastly we look at the pattern that Ann will begin working on when she comes back in.  This week she got it all traced out onto poster board and worked out what colors will go where.  Join her seven days from now when we get to see her cutter hit the glass!
And there you have it.  In out next post we'll see a few new projects begun (that we haven't revealed yet).  And, of course,  we'll see some of the projects from this post turn into completed projects.  See you then!


Bayou Salé GlassWorks

Monday, January 17, 2022

Someone's Full Of It

Something that we see happening in class involves the incorrect positioning of the marker while tracing around the edge of a piece of glass.   People are angling the marker so that the point is actually away from the edge of the glass (see the left example).   You want the tip of the marker AGAINST the glass that you are tracing.   Even if you hold the marker in a perfectly vertical position the tip won't touch the piece of glass that you are supposed to be tracing.  Look at the illustration on the right for the correct angle of the marker.  The point of the marker MUST be touching the glass you are tracing if you want an accurate line. 

Also, NEVER trace along a piece of glass that hasn't first had its edges ground on the grinder.  That will destroy the tip of your marker.  Lastly, use very light pressure while marking your glass.   You are using a felt tipped marker, not a ball point pen--exerting pressure onto the tip of the marker won't  make the line any easier to see but it WILL ruin the delicate tip of the marker.

First up we have Linda F's Victorian Window which has now been completed.  Linda's done another great job working on this fairly large window.  She's used all muted, almost pastel, colors to set the tone for it, and then made sure that she only used cathedral glass throughout the window lending it even more character.   The end result is nothing short of stunning.


Lisa is always making things that are just a little bit out of the ordinary.  There are very few pieces that merely hang in a window in her stained glass portfolio.   Her latest project is a Honeycomb and Bees which she's mounted into a plank cut from a tree with the bark still surrounding its perimeter.  It's another head turner, that's for sure and if you don't believe me just look at the number of 'likes' it's gotten in the 'Stained Glass Patterns' page on Facebook.  It's a certified hit for all of the right reasons!
Then there's Steve who finished the work on his Stained Glass Door Panel which was made to commemorate the front door of his Grandmother's house.   The house may no longer be in the family but the distinctive door that always welcomed Steve into a house full of wonderful of memories will always be with him now that he's made this. 

Our newest student, June, has created her first project with us and regular readers know that means that we're about to look at a Butterfly Suncatcher.  June picked a pink glass with just a hint of blue running through it for her wings and then used a wispy blue for both the body and head of the Butterfly.  I can't wait to see what future projects June has in store for us.
As the Beatles once famously said, "Number 9.... number 9".   This is MiMi's 9th panel and she's already getting started on her next one which she is currently referring to as 'Deci'.  
Shelley is our Mermaid Queen and this is her latest Mermaid.  She worried about the shells blending into the flesh too much but I think that it's very obvious that this Mermaid isn't immodest at all.  Another Mermaid well done.

Annette's still got that passion for Christmas and now that she's completed another Santa/Gnome and an pink Angel she only has (I think) one more Christmas Suncatcher to go before she begins another window.
Ann finished up the cross that she had begun working on last week and then even had time to pick out what window she'll begin when she next returns.  Judging by her excellent work on this it's safe to say that these crosses pose no challenge for Ann (as you can clearly see).


Shawn is in the exact same boat as her mother.   She has two more Christmas Ornaments under her belt this week leaving her with just one more Christmas suncatcher to complete before she moves along to something a little less seasonal.

First up in our projects still under construction part of this post we have a look at a Fleur De Lis Window that Cheryl began working on. With the center section all cut out she's begun grinding from the bottom left hand corner.  Since the subject pokes out of the window and into the border Cheryl can't use a square to keep this straight along the outer perimeter so she'll just need to pin everything down as she moves along being careful not to allow any of the end pieces to extend past the lines on her pattern.

Sheri is hard at work and burning both ends of her stained glass candle!  Here you can see the two windows that she is working on concurrently: her Sugar Skull and her Mardi Gras Masks.  Both are looking good but I'm thinking that the Mardi Gras Window will be completed first since it's the far easier of the two projects.
We saw Let make her Butterfly last week and for her first project she's decided to make a Santa Panel.  She managed to get it all cut out in just one class and has even begun grinding it at an incredibly quick yet precise pace.   Because her cutting was so precise she's not having to grind much to get her pieces to fit together perfectly.   I'm pretty sure that she'll be wrapping this and tacking it when she comes in again next week.

Linda L has begun cutting out glass for her Beach Windows but there's been a small change.   All three of her Beach Scenes will now feature that little red blue/green crab.  In the picture her water looks pitch black but that's only because all of the glass that you see has been cut out three times and laid down on top of one another.  I'm afraid you'll just have to wait until this is finished to truly appreciate the clear blue glass that she's picked for her water.
Kerry's latest undertaking is a Mardi Gras Fleur De Lis Window.   The background is a fairly complex grid work design but we are going to do it the easy way and we'll show you how that is achieved when we see this again next week with it's grid work all cut and fitting together perfectly.

Susan D's got all of her Cardinal On A Branch cut out and ground during class and she has now moved along to the foiling process.  I have a sneaking suspicion that she may very well get this completed upon her return.


Mary Grace's Peacock is filling out now that she's got some flowers and branches behind her bird.   It won't be long now until she's cutting out the background for this window.  We still need to fill in that one missing piece which I forgot about so I guess that will happen when she next returns.
With her first border attached and the second one cut, ground and partially wrapped you can easily see how nice Martha's Franklin Street Lamp Window is going to look.   It doesn't take her long to solder a window so she'll surely begin working on her second version of this (her 5th altogether) soon.

That about wraps things up here.  Classes are still running a little sparse due to covid and the after holiday recuperation but they should begin filling up again soon.  I will say that it IS nice to be able to finished these posts so quickly which explains why these last two Blog Posts have come to your inboxes so early these past two weeks.




Monday, January 10, 2022

No Romance With Vinegar

Having your foil split when you are foiling a deep inside curve is a common problem.  You can't always prevent it from happening  but you can minimize it by following a few simple rules.  First, after foiling the entire piece fold down the foil on all other sides leaving the curve for last.   Next SLOWLY start bending the foiling along the curve on one side and then switch to the other side doing the same  Don't try to force it over the sides in one shot.   Switch back to the front side and SLOWLY fold it downward  even closer to the glass repeating again on the back side.  Continue slowly alternating on both sides until the foil is flush with the glass.  

In short, if you try to fold the foil onto the top and bottom of the glass in one push your foil will almost always split.  You need to SLOWLY stretch it along  the curve of the glass in multiple passes.

That said, another trick that works wonderfully is to use a thinner foil on any pieces with an inner curve.  You still need to coax it along the curve but in the example below I simply folded it over with no splitting happening at all.   The red arrows point to splits where I used 7/32 foil but on the right side  there are no splits at all largely due to the fact that I used 3/16 foil (which is slightly thinner) on that piece.



So then, first up we have Barbara's Beveled Window hanging up and looking oh so good.  She really likes using baroque glass for her background and you can see just how wonderfully it offsets the bevel cluster that she's used.  Perfection!

next we have Cindy who made this fancy Circular Fleur De Lis panel while she was supposedly taking it easy after her operation.   She's moving pretty well and her latest project moved along just as well since it went from the planning stage to a completed window before Cindy even made it back into class!  
Now here's something new: a Minnie Mouse Hand Mirror that Kerry made in just one class.  I have a sneaking suspicion that we'll be seeing one or two more of these in the weeks to come.  What a great find!

Whenever we see a Butterfly posted we can almost certainly expect to meet a new student.  Let is her name and stained glass is her game.  She had no problem making this at all and next week she's going to be starting a Santa Window.  Even if it comes out half as good as her butterfly did she'll be VERY pleased because her butterfly is perfect.

Linda L put the finishing touches on her four Flower Pot Ornaments and if I can only say one thing about them it will be that the glass she used for her Frog is perfect!  That mottled green glass works perfectly for so many different things but a frog is probably what it's best used for.

I've seen Rose Hearts made here and there but the rose is always so very plain that I decided to draw one up of my own.  There's a slight chance that I might have gone a little overboard and I've decided that I want to change the shape of the leave on the left but all in all I'm still happy with my first rendition of this Valentine Heart/Rose Suncatcher.   

Ka is the will of Gan (roughly synonymous with destiny or fate).  It has been described as "a wheel whose only purpose is to turn."  Ka is not necessarily a force of good or evil, as it manipulates the powers of both and seems to have no definitive morality of its own.  If you've read Sai King's The Dark Tower series, you know and understand Ka.  This is its symbol and yes, I made this.   I'm sort of anxious to see if anyone recognizes it when we take it to our next show.  And if you think this is odd just wait until you see the Zelda/Link Window that I'm planning!

Susan D ordered some metal branches which she'll decorate with an assortment of stained glass birds (and leaves) that affix to the branches which in turn will mount along side windows in her house.   This cardinal is the first of many birds that Susan will be working on over the weeks to come.
Susan R is working on a Wine Hoop and she's got all of her glass cut and ground for it.    This project will involve some twisted wire so that will be fun to make and work with (save for the cleaning and tinning part).    This could very well begin going together upon Susan's return.
With the three subjects (a Sea Horse, and Anchor, and a Dolphin) all tacked together for her sailing themed tray, Cindy will soon begin cutting out the background glass that holds this all together.   The glass she wanted to use isn't manufactured anymore so Cindy got tossed a slight curve ball there but I'm sure we'll come up with something similar.

Lara's Palm Tree Sunset Window is coming together perfectly.   Her use of numerous similar colors is what makes this look so appealing.  She's gotten everything ground and all but the water was wrapped in foil before class ended.   I have no doubt that this will be tacked together when she returns and once that's done she'll be able to decide on her border(s).

Martha got her sky cut out and although there's a piece missing below that's only because she was foiling it when I snapped the picture.   This window perfectly illustrates  how , quickly, efficiently and accurately you can get  a background fitted into place when you cut the subject into it rather than cutting each piece individually from random spots on a sheet of glass.   It means that the flow of the sky in this window is never broken.
Ann has another large Cross Suncatcher well under way and by now she can make these with her eyes closed.  She had a small amount of trouble with the missing bottom piece but that will be replaced when we see this again next week.  Look out because this piece is well under way to be finished.
With all of the glass ground for her newest Hexagon Window, MiMi hopes to have this all wrapped and ready to be tacked, channeled, and soldered upon her return.   I have no doubt that will happen because MiMi is on a mission with these inserts!

Up next we look at the Beach Scene Pattern that Linda L is about to embark on.  Tranquil water, a rising (setting?) sun which offsets two palms and a cute little crab.  Linda will be making at least two of these nearly identical windows with one exception-- the crab will only be in one of them.
Lastly we look at the pattern that Sheri traced out and will begin cutting out glass for upon her return.   Next week will be here quicker than you think and we hope you come back to see how far Sheri and everyone else gets on their projects. 

And that's what happened here during each of our classes for the first week of 2022!