Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Friday, June 24, 2022
Monday, June 20, 2022
Mary began work on her Cardinal and Sunflowers Window that someone else saw the pattern for when it was on the wall. Mary got all of this cut out and most of it ground entirely at home in just one week. That's impressive!
Here's the second version that Martha was busy working on while at home also! It's amazing how much similar progress has been achieved on these two separate windows. Martha and Mary aren't even in the same class so neither of them knew that they would both be working on the same pattern with just slightly different color schemes.
Shawn's got about five pieces of background glass left to cut but we're going to have to get them from a second sheet of glass since all her remaining scraps from the first sheet are small pieces. This week she got her thin accent border cut and ground which was made out of Fractures and Streamers. Yes, everyone loves this glass and as you can see, this window is nearing its completion.
Friday, June 10, 2022
Here are a few more patterns tips that you should always follow:
- If you are tracing your pattern to make a copy, trace it with a colored pen rather than the standard blue or black ink. It makes seeing what you've already traced much more apparent without having to look under the carbon paper.
- Dry your glass thoroughly when grinding so that your pattern doesn't get wet and become wrinkled when it dries.
- Never solder on top of your pattern. Once the front of your window is all tacked together remove the pattern and replace it with blank paper. This will prevent pattern burning.
- Always keep
paper under your window especially if the second side isn't soldered (and NEVER
solder your second side until all of the glass that makes up the window has been attached and the front side is COMPLETELY soldered.)
These are just a few tips that will help keep your patterns looking their best for re-use further on down the line.
Monday, June 6, 2022
Annette's Transom Window was completed this week and although it took some time to make, the end result proves that the time was WELL spent. Interestingly enough when I drew up the pattern it only had two borders on it. Annette loved the three tiered beveled border that I surrounded my Parrot Window with and she wanted to know if she could do the same on her window. Changing it would add less than 3/4 of an inch to the overall size and there was more than enough room in the opening that this will reside in to accommodate that added size. Note Annette's use of white iridized glass behind the black central M. The black is an absence of color while the subtle shifting colors of the iridized background help to offset the negative space. Pure excellence all around!
Kerry has got all of the glass cut out for his Circular Magnolia Window and is ready to begin grinding. The big question on circular windows is: Where do I begin grinding since there are no corners to place a square against? The answer is simple: Anywhere you want. You can start from the center or you can start from any outside piece. It really doesn't matter-- the only thing that matters is that you follow the outside circular curve perfectly.
Now here's something that you don't see every day-- it's the third and final Beach Scene with the crab tacked together but resting (floating?) on top of the water. You can see the opening in the sand below it where it will eventually reside. It already fits into place which means that the only thing that Linda has left to do for this is to wrap a few more palm fronds, tack this together, and then cut out her sky.