Monday, February 13, 2023

Buttered Side Up

Kerry's Christmas Poinsettia is finally complete.  When I say 'finally' I don't mean to imply that it took him a long time to finish this, it's because he had to wait so long for his background glass to be shipped.  Although this was unable to be displayed during the Christmas 2022 season I must say the it was well worth the wait.    Kerry plans on using more of the same background glass (which is called Holly Berry and is made by Bullseye) on a Cardinal Window which he will be starting soon.


 Susan D has certainly been busy.   What I thought might have been leaves for her pinwheels  last week turned out to be seaweed for her two impressive Aquarium Dioramas.  Susan started with a piece of driftwood for one and for the second she simply used a scrap of long-ish flat board which she covered with colorful fish tank gravel.    The stained glass was attached by adding thin rods to the backs of each piece which slip into holes she strategically drilled into the wood.  Stunning!


 Martha's Sewing Machine was officially completed this week and she even added some real pins into the mix by soldering the points of them into the lead lines that make up the pin cushion. That little extra detail adds a lot more charm to this already charming window.


Jeannette finished her Plate Window and boy does it ever sparkle!  In fact, the glass that she put in between the bevels in the border is a perfect texture that, when lit, shines and sparkles just as much as the plate itself does.  It's perfect!


Linda L put the finishing touches on her Dove/Cross Suncatcher by adding a holly branch on top of it.  And to think that it started as a simple snippit of tinned wire with two small scraps of green glass soldered onto it.  Simplicity at its finest.



Let's Dragonfly is another example of how complimenting colors can work together to make a window even more spectacular.  Rather than using the glass that she used for the Dragonfly body as the border, she went with a similar yet different green that compliments the other.  Add filigree wings into the mix and you have the recipe for a stunning piece of art.



Two more Beveled Crosses and a colorful Hummingbird were easily put together this week by Betty.  Her use of Fractures and Streamers Glass for the cross on the left really looks great.  You just can't lose when you use Fractures and Streamers.

Susan D finished up another Silverware Pinwheel in my favorite color!  How did she know???

Linda F amazed me when she walked in the door with the majority of this Fruit Bowl Window cut out.  This is going to be stunning and Linda is doing excellent work on it. She came in, cut out the grapes, and then began grinding this beast of a window.  I already heard another student in class say that she needed to make one of these all because she saw Linda's.

Barbara's making tremendous progress on her Magnolia Window.   She ended up re-cutting a few of the leaves to avoid having so many straight grain lines running throughout the leaves.   At this point it looks great to me and I think this window is going to be a big feather in Barbara's stained glass cap.

Annette's Angels are all ground and ready for wrapping.   There's technically a row of background glass which resides along this top that is currently missing and if Annette has more of the background glass at home she will add that row to the window.  To be honest though, if she has no more of it the window would just fine if she just skips it and goes straight to a border.

Cindy's got a Deer Head window under construction and I just have to point out how wonderful her pattern placement on the glass was.   The bottom right piece of the deer has so much swirl that it almost looks like real deer fur.  Again, it's all the little details that add up to make a nice window something less ordinary and more spectacular.

June's cat looks purrfectly content sitting there on a table while smiling proudly at us.  This week June got her background all cut, ground, wrapped and tacked which means that she'll get a border cut out for this upon her return.  The end is near!
Linda L began nine Cruise Gift Suncatchers that she practically finished in just one class.   She cut the strips herself while at home and did a wonderful job especially since she's never used her strip cutter before.  She'll be adding some fancy hangers to these along with a Cruise Ship dangly thing on the bottom when she comes back in to finish these.   Oh, but I think I might have a great idea for these that I will share with Linda when she comes back in!

Ann got the background and her border each cut for her Joseph and Child Jesus Window.   There's nothing left to do now but solder it and add some hooks.  This will easily be completed upon Ann's return when, once it's soldered, it will get its final embellishment.
Judy's Crab is coming together bit by bit, step by step.  This window is more complex than you might initially assume it to be.  There are many long narrow pieces that are not only a pain to cut but a pain to grind as well.   I thinking that we may add some bubbles to this window.  We'll see what Judy thinks when she comes back in.
With her seafood all wrapped and tacked together Angie is now ready to begin work on her background glass.   It's going to be difficult to position the glass under this large flimsily connected seafood but we want some unity to carry throughout in the newsprint behind the seafood.  Rest assured that we will do it, and it will be amazing.  In fact, the newsprint glass is in the kiln as a type this...

Susan R is making another Reindeer Lawn Ornament and has the majority if the body all cut out already.   The second one always goes quicker than the first one and Susan's progress on this is more than proving that point.
Meanwhile, at the same table, Susan D is assembling more Fish, Seaweed, and Silverware Pinwheels.  Do we have to wonder what all this will turn out to be?  I mean, are fish-on-a-pinwheel a thing now?  Shouldn't seaweed be kept away from spinning objects?  Come back next week to discover the answer to these and other ridiculous questions.
With her intricate three layer border almost completely cut out Cheryl has begun grinding and wrapping her pieces.  there are only six pieces of red class left to cut out for this elaborate border and those will definitely be tacked into place next week when Cheryl begins soldering this.

Martha is also coming close to finishing off her Mermaid Window.  The front side is soldered which means that she will surely have this completed when we see her again.   I've got to say that Martha  just seems to be getting better and better at this stained glass hobby of hers.

Sheri's Mardi Gras Window combines Jesters in the form of the classic Greek symbol of theater-- the comedy and tragedy masks.   Together they make a wonderful window whose colors scream MARDI GRAS!   I have to say that the work that Sheri put into this is purely top notch.  Hopefully we'll get a finished picture of these when she comes back in.

 With the word ' WELLNESS' pretty much under control Mary Grace is getting ready to begin the last (and simplest) word for her Logo Window.  And that word will be 'HOUMA'.

♪ ♫ Shelley's got a gun ♫ ♪   (Or is it Janie?)  Well, Shelley's American Flag and Automatic Weapon is well underway as almost all of the flag has been cut out.   The rifle itself will be cut next and then she'll be ready to grind everything for a perfect fit. 

MiMi has begun her second Traditional Window and has the center piece cut out and ground to perfection.  She'll wrap and tack it together to form one piece before cutting out her background glass (the same as she did on her first window that this one matches.)  Why?  To help ensure that all the straight lines line up perfectly.

MiMi will be working on this circular lighthouse window as she works on her Traditional Window which we just looked at.   The big difference between these two windows will be that the majority of the work on the Lighthouse will be completed at home.  I don't know the name of this particular lighthouse or even where it resides but I think we'll gain that information as MiMi works on it.
Let is also about to embark on a new stained glass window and it will be this lovely Victorian Rose.   I think that she might have enjoyed working on her Iris/Hummingbird Window because her new project is in the same oval shape in about the same size as well.

And that's it for this week.  Catch you again soon!

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