The second week of class I showed up with all the different types of glass I was going to use in large sheets, and the design all traced out onto the oak tag template. The first step I did this week was to cut out the template pieces using these crazy double bladed scissors that actually cut a slim strip of paper out between the two sides to make room for your lead came. I believe I have devised a way to do this without those scissors with an exacto knife or probably my silhouette cameo machine, but I will try that out on a future project.
Once we had the template pieces cut out it was time to trace them onto the panes of glass and start cutting. Paying attention to the direction the “swirl” of the glass (or I think grain as a woodworker) is important if you want it to be uniform across the piece. Originally I had numbered the design as having a longer height than width, but I envision it hanging on it’s side. So I started drawing arrows that meant “up” or “North” on the final piece to me before the instructor had addressed the subject. She is used to drawing the arrow in the direction on the swirl, so we had several short conversations where I had to reassess and affirm that they makes sense to me and are correct. The student next to me did a completely different reasoning for her arrows, much to the instructors consternation. We would have made it much easier for her to keep us on track if we had done them all the same way.
I was actually able to get all my glass cut this week, but did not have enough time to move on to the next step (See the arrows all worked!). Week 3 will be small amount of grinding and then laying out the panes with lead came on the board I made. I’m super excited!