Class is over, so are the crafty posts…
December 10, 2009 at 11:01 pm
As of Wednesday, my stained glass class is over! (Just in time for Glee to be done too, darn it!) All in all, I liked the experience but I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to.
So here’s what I did in the last two classes.
I finished wrapping each piece in the copper foil and assembled it all in the proper order.
After that I had to tack each piece in place (I forgot to take a picture of that part again!) which turned out to be quite challenging as I didn’t have pins to keep everything from moving around. I ended up using my fingers instead.
(BTW: NO injuries during the soldering process! I’m so thankful for that!)
This is the flip side of the panel. You can see some of the solder coming through from the other side.
I just finished filling in the gaps here. I thought it looked pretty good just like this! It was nice to be much better at soldering this time. Apparently practice is important. (Pretty good = the interior edges, NOT the gloopy edges or random solder beads.)
You might also notice that some of the glass is out of order. I ended up moving some squares around so that everything would fit together a little better. I think this is the first time I managed to make something with colours non-symmetrical. I never would have put those two green swoopy pieces so close together if I had planned it! This is where I left off last week. All assembled and most of the bubbling soldering done. The edges are kind of uneven, but I’m still happy with it!
This week started out with touch ups of the front and getting rid of some of the mess on the back. It turned out that every time I spent too long in one place in the front, the solder would leak through the cracks and spread out in the back. Oops!
I also discovered that I had cracked two of the little pieces on the edge. Probably from the heat. I think it’s one of those things that people will only notice if I point it out, but knowing me I probably will. :)
All I had left to do was tarnish the copper and wax the panel. Important step: using gloves or plastic to hold the rag when tarnishing! Otherwise you end up with nasty discoloured fingers. Sigh. At least I only ended up with really dried out hands instead of bleeding…
Here’s the panel held up to different lights, which changes the effect a bit.
It’s interesting that a couple of people who were looking at my earlier pictures didn’t realize that the rose is pink.
And gosh, those edges *are* uneven, aren’t they? Oh well. If it ever starts to really bother me, I’ll find a frame to put around the panel. :)
That’s it! The odds of my feeling this crafty again before next year are slim, and if I do then my project is going to involve wool and safety scissors!
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