Monday, February 19, 2024

It's Fun To Strip

Christmas is always in our hearts and this week Melissa has made Christmas in February a sight to behold.  Her Gingerbread man even has 'icing' on it to form his face, buttons as well as his arm and leg decorations.  And just to clear things up that icing is actually Vitrea 160 Glass Paint.  This is one cute window that makes me hungry for gingerbread cookies!

  


At the last moment Sheri added blue borders to the left and right side of her window and I think it was a good decision.  It not only framed the window  but balanced it as well.  Her version of the Modern Tulip Window has a bit of a Frank Lloyd Wright feel to it because those blue stripes make it resemble his Tree Of Life windows.   I also like that Sheri added more color to this.  It adds a bit of punch while still retaining most of its monochromatic origins.

  

 

Let got her Sunflower Heart completed and you can clearly see the hints of pink that run throughout the background of the Sunflower.   Its subtle pink shadings made it the perfect glass to be surrounded by the pastel pink of the heart.  Again Let has made another perfectly formed heart with no straight sections or unwanted points anywhere to be found.

 
 
With his fourth panel completed for his Southern Belle Window Steve has placed each of them into their respective positions  in the window frame where they will eventually permanently reside.   It's certainly coming together and looking phenomenal already.  Steve will be working on the upper right panel next and we'll see that get underway when we next return.
 
 
 
Melissa decided to make an old fashioned Sewing Machine Window and as she was tracing it out from the pattern and onto some poster board she came up with the idea of using an over lay of  wire to be the thread. To complete the look Melissa will make the spool of thread completely out of  lead and etch thread lines into it when it's finished. I think it's going to look fantastic and can't wait to see the completed window.

   

 

Bee has moved on to the center portion of her Front Door Window and cut all of the strips required to assemble the 'centerpiece' on her strip cutter board, with her strip cutter, all by herself.   She took to the strip cutter like a fish to water and never wavered off course even once.   When all the glass was striped she then cut the proper angles on the ends of the pieces resulting in the final cluster that you see below.  Oh, and she also got everything ground as well!  You could say that she was as busy as a bee.

 

 

Everyone was in high gear this week as Let not only finished working on her Heart Suncatcher but also  completely cut out a Flower Window as well.  Just one week in and Let is ready to move on over to the grinder! 

 

 

Martha decided to cut out the blue bird in her window before she moved onto the roses and was going to make it all out of the same piece of blue until we told her to mix it up a bit with various other blues and colors .  As you can see she did just that and therefore made the bird more natural and pleasing to look at.

  

 

Ann has the round blue background to her newest Religious 3D Icon Window all ground and is ready to move on over to the wrapping phase of the construction of this window.   The symbol that will 'float' above this background will be all lead save for the glass (which you will never see) that will be encased in the lead.  More on that as it comes to fruition in the weeks to come.

 
 
Also this week, we see that Annette got the center building for her New Orleans Street Scene ground. She also tacked together some of her foiled pieces as well.  With the bottom portion of the left side building tacked she can feel safer while transporting it from her house to the shop and then back again each week.  If these pieces were to get mixed up it would take a VERY long time to sort things out.

 
 
Lara has all of her glass cut and ground save for one small piece.   She still needs to cut the 'wires' into the bridge but we won't break them up until the rest of this has been tacked together.  As you can clearly see, all of Lara's hard work is already starting to pay off even before her window has been completed.
 

 
 
 
There's LSU pride in the stripes of MiMi's Tiger Window.  Now that all of the grinding has been completed MiMi has begun foiling her pieces and in doing so she's grabbed the Tiger by the tail and  started there (thus the 'missing' pieces).

 
 
Lisa is grinding her Peeking Rooster Window Decoration and getting pretty far along on it.  I suspect that this will be completely ground next week and that she will begin grinding her spinner girl after that.  

  
 
 
Lastly we see that Jan has all of her Pelican Window tacked together and even has a brass channel on it as well.   She's begun soldering this and has taken it along home with her so that she can hopefully get some work done on it throughout the week.  You can already see that her color choice for the border was spot on to say the least.

 

 
And there you have it.  Mardi Gras and Valentines Day took their toll this week as we had a somewhat low student turn out.   That doesn't mean that little was accomplished though as you can easily tell by the work that we've showcased in this post.

Paul

Monday, February 12, 2024

I'm Taking It Back!

Let's Ospray Window is is officially completed and looking as stunning as I knew it would now that it has been washed and has some light behind it.  Anyone can clearly see the amount of work that she's put into this and I always say that extra work always enhances the beauty of a window.   The proof here is in the Ospray! 

 
 
Cindy is our official Birds On A Wire maker because she's made more of these than all of our other students combined.   She says that she enjoys working with small pieces and this is proof that those aren't just words that she's spouting off.  As always, this is vibrant and wholly immersive as a piece of art.
 
 
 
Susan R's newest Flowerpot Ornament has been completed and her color choices are bright and lively.  She not only loves the look of these decorations-- she enjoys making them as well!    
Cool beans.
 

Lisa has two irons in the fire as she has began cutting out a Twirling Girl Suncatcher and a Chicken Window Peep.  The Girl has been completely cut and only needs a little grinder work done it it while the Chicken only has a few pieces left to cut before Lisa can move it on over to a grinder.

  
 
 
Let also worked on a Heart Suncatcher with a beautiful Sunflower residing within the heart.  Her colors are spot on and all of her cutting and grinding have already been completed for this nearly completed, stunning project.
 
  
 
 
Patrice left last week after tacking together her Umbrella Lady and as an after though took our small circular Bathtub Woman pattern along home with her.   She said that she had a lot of scrap glass that she wanted to use on a project that would utilize a lot of colors.   When she walked in the door this week and had all of the Bathtub Lady cut and ground I was almost literally floored!   That's a LOT of work done in a very short time.  This week she spent most of her time foiling the Bathtub Lady as well as the border for her Umbrella  Lady.   Patrice is back with a vengeance.   

  
 
 
Linda L has numerous Name Panels to make and her first one will be the name Skylar.  She's cut out the letters and now that she knows that there are no real rules to breaking the letters up to make them 'cutable', she will most likely breeze through the remainder of her Panels.   I'm not saying that they'll go quickly, but they will definitely go faster.  Sadly, letters are always a lot of work.
 
  
 
 
Martha began working on her Birdhouse Window which looks a bit intimidating when you look at all the pieces.   She's decided to cut up her pattern in sections so that she's not overwhelmed by its complexity.  In this class she began working on the green leaves that decorate all of the flowers.  Yes, there are a lot of pieces here but Martha has already put a large dent in the creation of what will truly be a spectacular window when she's finished.
 
  
 
 
Betty has two projects that she's currently working on because one is never enough.  Her all-clear textures Beveled Window got its background and border cut out while her Beveled Snowflakes gained some glass nuggets at the end of each hinge point to add an accent and to help prevent folding. 
 
  
 

Cindy also began cutting out a Cardinal Panel and is already knee deep into the creation of it.  There's not much left to go on this (already) and I suspect that it will be completed before you know it.
 
   
 
 
Linda F has all of her Carousel Horse ground and fitting together wonderfully.  She hopes to have this all wrapped in foil when she comes back in and then she makes the biggest decision about this window--  whether to put the horse in front of some clear textured glass, or to creating a background that resembles what you would actually see if you were looking at an actual carousel horse.   We will see what she decides when she comes back in.
 
 
Annette knocked me out when I saw just what she had accomplished with her New Orleans Street Scene Window.  She has a good one third of this large and complex window both cut and ground.  At this point I think the best thing for her to do is to foil what's ground and then tack it together to prevent the pieces from shifting or getting lost.  I always approach complex windows like this a section at a time and Annette is handling this the exact same way that I would.
 
  
 
 
Judy's Fleur De Lis has gone together both quickly and efficiently.   She sits down, puts her nose to the grind stone and accomplishes what she set out to do at the beginning of her class each and every week.  This could very well be completed upon her return so expect something new from Judy soon.
 
  
 

Bee's got all of the decorative corners cut, ground, wrapped and tacked together for her Front Door Window.   Take a good look at them because next week she will put these aside and refold the pattern so she can work on the centerpiece design which will be cut entirely from strips of glass.  She's going to bring her strip cutter with her when she returns and learn how to cut out perfect strips with each pull of her cutter.  
 
  

 
Lorrie soldered the first side of her Dragonfly Window like a pro which is high praise considering that this is the first window that she's ever soldered.  A lot of students fear the soldering process when they begin but Lorrie ended up feeling so comfortable with soldering that she's taken her window home so she can return with it completely soldered.   The end is near and a new project featuring a Sunflower awaits Lorrie's return.

 
 
When Kerry left last week all of his Mardi Gras Window was ground and awaiting foil.  Before he did that he was going to cut the details into 5 of the feathers in the headdress of this mask.   He turned 5 pieces into 34 pieces and they all fit together perfectly with just a slight amount of skimming required because of the way he decided to do those complex feathers.   At the end of the night everything was foiled.
 
  

 
Cheryl soldered her Address Window and by the time class ended it was completed save for some touch ups here and there.   That means that we will see this as a completed window in our next post.
 
  
 

Susan D has secured all of her Beveled Snowflakes hinge points with teeny tiny circular accents which add an incredible amount of WOW to these snowflakes.   These are a lot of work but again, the more you put into a window, the more you get out of it!

 
 
MiMi may have arrived late to class but by the time it ended she had all of her LSU Tiger ground and ready to be foiled.   Her precession grinding and excellent use of pins will allow this to be foiled without any fear of the window growing.

 
 
Sheri tacked her three Tulip sections  (separately) and then figured out how wide the center strips had to be to get to the required measurements.  After figuring that out her next step was deciding what color glass should run between the three sections.  Her first instinct was to use another clear texture but in the end she picked a rich, deep blue.   With all of this window cut and ground, she will begin soldering it when she comes back in next week.

 
 
Steve lucked out this week because when you split a large window into six smaller sections you end up with some of them being complex and some of them being well, for lack of a better word- simple.   So where's the luck part?  Well, Steve's 4th panel (which he only began working on this week) consists of only seven pieces which he easily cut and ground in just one class.  Here's another small part of his larger project that will be completed next week!  

 
 
Barbara's Cardinal Panel gained a branch and then got its background glass cut out this week.  Once they were tacked together she cut the strips for her border and then broke them down into their smaller pieces.  The end is already near for this Cardinal.
 
  
 
 
Lastly we see that Melissa soldered both the front and back side of her Gingerbread House Window after applying her brass channel.  Getting both sides done was a monumental feat and although she's a bit upset about run-throughs there are only three that I see and that's an EXTREMELY good ratio of solder lines too run-throughs.  There is no doubt whatsoever that this will be a completed project when we return next week.  

  
 
See ya then!
 
Paul

Monday, February 5, 2024

She Was Banging It

Lisa started and completed the soldering on both sides of her Texas Collage Window all within one class!   That's actually a very huge achievement because soldering is not something that you can rush through (unless you don't care what it looks like).  As you can see Lisa DID care what it looked like and the end result is nothing short of wonderful.   Again, his is her own design and I love when students draw up their own window patterns. This will be a gift and the lucky recipient will surely enjoy enjoy looking at it for years to come.

 
 
Shelley's Dark Side Of The Moon Window is minimal perfection.   Now that it's completely soldered and the lead has been colored black, all of those necessary yet obtrusive lead lines now blend into the black glass allowing us to only see only the actual intended design.  It's a simple but extremely elegant iconic cover of a classic rock album.
 

 
 
Linda L just finished her two glasses of Wine.  Perhaps I should say that she finished working on her two STAINED GLASS Wine glasses, so you don't get the wrong idea.  At any rate, these are delightful and contain many small pieces which make this pattern something that beginners shouldn't think about making.
 
 
 
Martha has five different Feathers finished and these will hang together from strings to form a mobile.   I love her brilliant use of color in these feathers-- she hasn't followed a standard color scheme throughout the lot of them which adds a randomness to the overall effect.

 
 
 Steve got another piece of his Southern Belle Window finished this week and I've position it into its respective position with in his large window through the magic of Photoshop.  Alas, I took this picture with the flash on which made the dress appear to be much whiter than what you see in the other completed sections of the window.   When all six pieces are finished we will post a real picture of the completed window and have even lighting throughout.   As a heads up I will tell you that Steve says that he's going to save the face for last since he's going to paint the eyes, nose and lips onto the glass with enamel paint and then fire it onto the glass.
 

 
 
 
 
 
Mary Grace made a Heart Suncatcher complete with a crystal in the center as an accent.   She wanted to make something small and quick since she's going to miss a few classes while she's recuperating from two surgery's next week.  Of course, we wish her the best and hope that she's on her feet again soon.
 
  
 

Betty had a productive class having completed her Modern Tulip Window.   Our students on Tuesday love this pattern as well as the assorted clear textures that they use to make it.   You'll see another version of this under construction later on in this post.

 
 
Betty also put a channel on her glass framed Bevel which she's also been making in bulk. As I said, it was a productive class for Betty.


Linda got all of her Carousel Horse cut out and is now ready to grind it and then tack it together.  Color is the key to making this window stand out and when you make a carousel horse there's just no way to over do colors-- excess will lead to success!

  
 
 
Lara's Louisiana Collage Window gained a Magnolia and is quickly nearing completion.  There isn't a whole lot left to go on this now.  Lara's grinding is so superb that this already looks great but mark my words, when this is foiled you'll get a close approximation as to how spectacular this is going to look when it is entirely completed.
 
  
 
 
Susan D worked away on the small round accent pieces that prevent her assorted snowflakes from folding along the hinge points that are inherent throughout this design.  I promise to reveal these to you and show you just how she prevented the folds from happening when we see the completed results.  

 
 
Sheri is making our second Modern Tulip Window of the week and she's quickly nearing the end.  Most of her glass has been cut and ground leaving her with essentially  just the top background portions of the three tulip left to go.   Initially she didn't have enough background glass to cut out those pieces earlier but we have more in stock now so Sheri will work on filling in those pieces when she returns.

 
 
Patrice made major inroads towards the completion of her Umbrella Lady Window by cutting and grinding everything while she was at home during her week between classes.  This week she wrapped everything in copper foil and then tacked it all together.   Still having a little time left in her class she decided to look at color choices for a border or borders and has decided to go with a double border system.   We'll show you what colors she's picked next week.

 
 
MiMi is moving along nicely with her LSU Tiger Window and the stripes now easily reveal the LSU (if you are looking for it).  We ended up using the glass saw for the mouth of the Tiger so that the teeth could maintain their definition.   Grinding them with a small grinding wheel would have made the mouth clunky looking.   MiMi still has to fit the smaller pieces within the mouth but that won't be a problem.   I know this is going to look great if not even ferocious!

 
 
Lorrie decided to make a multi-colored border to surround her beautiful Dragonfly Window.  Everything is tacked together and Lorrie will begin soldering in earnest upon her return.  The end is near and Lorrie is stoked!!

 
 
Susan R now has all of her glass cut and ground for her latest Flower Pot Ornament. She says that out of all of the Ornaments that she's made she likes this one the best, and I understand why.

  
 
 
Ann is more than three quarters of the way through the multi-hued background of her latest 3D Window.   I'm hoping that we will be able to show you the icon that will be mounted in a raised position on top of this when we return next week.
 
 

Kerry resumed working on his Mardi Gras Mask Window and now has it all ground.   Next up he'll cut some of the feathers into smaller pieces so that they better resemble feathers.  Since the pieces already fit into place once they are separated they will fit back together perfectly without the need for any heavy grinding.

 
 
Bee 's corners are coming together and the glass that she needs to make the centerpiece of this large window has arrived.   Look closely and you'll see that she has two of her corners already completed and tacked together.   It will soon be time to open this pattern up so she can work on the center section.   
 
  
 

Judy ground, wrapped and tacked her Fleur De Lis together and then cut the background glass for her window.   This is moving along VERY quickly for her and we'll surely see at least one border get attached upon her return if not both of them.

 

Jan tacked together her Pelican Window and then set upon her own journey of color selection to frame this in.  We all tried many sheets of glass and in the end settled on a color that matched the feathers within her Pelican thus tying it all together perfectly.   She'll be soldering this when she returns so this is another window that will most likely be done within two weeks.

 
 
Cindy is so very close to the finish line with her pair of Birds On  A Wire window hangings.   Did I say 'pair'?  Yep, there are two sets of these-- one on top of the other.   The only thing left for her to do is to add all of the eyes and she's going to do that by making a solder dot for each eye and then painting each dot black. Look to see how that turns out next week.  (Here's a hint: It's going to be wonderful!)

 
Let's Osprey Window gained a border this week after much contemplation.  Choosing a color wasn't as easy as you might think.   Grays were too drab, Greens were too bright and blues got lost within the blue she had picked for the sky.   After trying many pieces of glass we all agreed that and amber was the best choice.  We then cycled through all of the amber glass we have and came across this winner which doesn't look like amber at all when it is resting on the pattern paper!  Since everything has been attached and channel has been added I'm highly expecting this to be completed upon her return.
 
  
 
 
Cheryl's Address Window gained its final border and she even filled in the piece that was missing last week.  I had promised to time how long it took to fill in that missing piece but it miraculously turned up on its own and fit perfectly into place so there was no need to re-cut.   Cheryl then took to soldering the front side of her window and will hopefully have it completed it when she returns.

 
 
Barbara got her Cardinal tacked together and we quickly worked up a branch for the bird to stand on which fills a nice size panel.  Alas, I couldn't get a good picture of the pattern because it was only done in pencil which doesn't photograph very well.  You'll see what it looks like next week when Barbara returns and actually cuts glass for it.
 

 
 
June traced out her Darth Vader Pattern and will begin cutting out glass for it next week.  She's going to do this window in two different types of black glass so that it has some depth and doesn't come across as one large black blob.
 
  


Lastly, Annette was back and showed us all of the work that she's accomplished on her New Orleans Scene but I neglected to get a picture of it.  :-(  Hopefully I will rectify that when she comes back in next week.

And there ya have it.   Things are starting to pick up big time here and our blog is filling up quickly week by week!

Paul

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