First news flash – I changed my design at the recommendation of Jackie Marr, owner of Kiss My Glass in Santa Cruz. I visited Kiss My Glass to pick up some stained glass and supplies for the class and she offered her opinion that my existing design was too simple. So I went through some books and chose a new one. Check it out!
This week’s class involved cutting out our entire design in clear glass. I have to admit that before we did this, I was flummoxed on why were doing it since we didn’t plan to use the clear glass afterwards. I thought perhaps it was for the beginner’s who hadn’t cut glass before. However, about halfway through the exercise, I was so glad that we did the exercise. Several lessons learned.
First, as is obvious, practice is great!
Second, I started with the bigger outside pieces and then worked my way in to the more curvy flower petals since I knew they would be harder and decided afterwards that it would have been better to work from the inside out. I believe it will be much easier to match the edge shapes as I move outward.
Third, curves are much harder to cut freehand. When I was at Kiss My Glass I mentioned that when fusing curvy shapes I would just use my ring saw to cut them. She glanced sideways at me and said, “That’s not the point, is it!” Meaning I should learn how to do it freehand. It is a good thing that stained glass artists believe in the grinder as it was a very much needed and appreciated tool to get the curves just right. Perhaps with more practice…
This week, we will cut our colored and final pieces. I may do some cutting before class at home as I am still waffling on some of the colors and I will have easy access to all my glass scraps. I know I want to use blue for the petals, but I only bought one color blue and may borrow some fusing glass to add a little variety. And I also bought yellow for the centers, but again I may go with a whispy white of which I have lots of scrap pieces.
I was surprised how many times I started to cut a clear piece over and I am a little apprehensive that I didn’t buy enough color. So here is hoping I cut better with my colors!