When making a suncatcher (or any project that won't get a channel around its outside edge) it is extremely important that you be sure to start and stop your foil where another piece of glass will butt up against it. The reasoning behind this is to prevent the heat from the soldering iron from loosening the adhesive that secures the foil to the glass. Should it heat up too much the foil will come free as shown in the picture below. The only way to fix the issue is to re-foil the piece completely-- a patch won't do because a patch will always leave TWO ends starting and stopping on an outside edge. In the example below I demonstrated on just a single piece of glass. If you are making a suncatcher or a window then you'd have to break the piece loose from the project to wrap it correctly. That's a LOT of extra work. Just pay attention when you are foiling and this problem will never happen to you.
Well look at this! What makes Martha's Yellow Rose so extraordinary is the fact that it's surrounded by nothing but clear textures and bevels. That places the viewer's eye purely on the flower. You can clearly see the unbroken flow of the baroque background glass behind the rose which was carefully separated from one sheet of glass cut to the size of the background. The fact that the texture has been preserved throughout window reveals Martha's skills.
Our latest Easter Bunny was made by Sheri who applied the wire work and the eye herself. Some of our students worry way too much about those two processes (wire and painting) but as you can see below Sheri did a top notch job doing both. Of course the stained glass part is nothing to sneeze at either!
Lara is making what I've dubbed the 'Wrought Iron Cross'. I've seen outlines of this design done as metal wall art and it also strikes me as something that could easily be done in wrought iron. Alas, Lara has also unwittingly picked a glass that's beautiful but very difficult to cut. By the end of the night all was cut however some pieces will need a little more grinding and shaping than others. I guess this goes to show that beauty can have a price...
And here's MiMi's latest. It's all assembled and she managed to get two complete columns ground. She'll be foiling before you know it! 3..2..1.
Cheryl has the second of her four panels that make up the sides of her Birdhouse ground and wrapped. That means that Cheryl will be tacking it together and then starting on the larger front and back panels of her 3D project. The remaining panels will be much taller than these two so they're going to be constructed in a different jig which we'll see next week.