I've discovered that I am in love with taking classes where I get to learn new things about stained glass. I've recently taken classes in copper foiling and creative soldering. I don't know if it's the one-on-one instruction, messing up someone else's studio space instead of my own, or if it's the act of being the student rather than the teacher for a while that I appreciate so much about these classes. What I do know is that I found my recent lessons at Glasslink in Fort Wayne a much needed memory-jogger in the realm of leaded stained glass.
|Picking up where I left off, with a new design plan.|
|My glass pieces, cut out during the previous session, are being held together with |
custom cut lengths of lead 'H' came.
After re-cutting about 3/4 of my glass pieces to reflect my new design, I was ready to begin re-learning how to connect all these pieces using lead came rather than copper foil.
|Each piece of glass must be surrounded on all sides with individual pieces of lead came. The trick to this is getting everything to stay in place as you build in more glass pieces. The horseshoe nails, hammer, and wooden work surface help with this.|
Once Danielle, our teacher, got me started I began to remember the basics of cutting the lead and using horseshoe nails to hold everything together. My pieces went together swimmingly...until I got to the incredibly beautiful, but horribly textured, glass in the center. This striated cobalt and aqua glass was so gorgeous I knew it had to be used in my piece...I should have sensed the drama ahead when I heard Danielle chuckle under her breath as I picked it out.
|Almost past the rippled nightmare.|
|After a quick wash, here is my finished project.|