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.
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.