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Stained Glass Class – Week 4

Leaded Window

This week was all about leading, and I got the whole thing laid up on the board.  Next week will be soldering, adding paste, and clean-up.

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Stained Glass Class – Week 3

setting lead

This week in class I spent most of my time at the grinder, which ended up with all my pieces slightly smaller than the last time you saw them.  At the very end of the night I was able to start laying out the lead came that will frame and hold together all the individual panes of glass in the window.  I should take lots more pictures next week when I start putting it all together.

horseshoe nails

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Stained Glass Class – Week 2

template cut

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.

stained glass cut

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!

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Stained Glass Class – Week 1

stained glass cartoon

Our local art center was offering a class on stained glass window making, so my wife signed me up as an early birthday present.  It’s one night a week for 8 weeks, so I thought I would document some of the process on my blog.  The first week we learned about all the steps in the process, the tools involved and tried our hands at making different styles and shapes of cuts on scrap pieces of glass.  Towards the end of the class we got to pick out a “cartoon” of a design we liked, and duplicate it with carbon paper onto a sheet of oak tag like paper.  I originally considered trying to do a custom design, but thought I’d stick to one of the designs the teacher brought for my first attempt.  This was the design I liked the most.

stained glass board

One of the things on the extensive list of supplies we needed to get in the first week was a board which we would be doing all the layout and assembly on.  We could purchase one, but I took this as homework and just made one.  It’s 1/2″ plywood with about a 3/4″ high right angle border.  The lines I just added to hopefully reveal if my angles start going wonky.

inkscape cartoon

The other thing I did was digitally recreate the design from the cartoon in Inkscape so I could quickly try out lots of combinations of colors to fill the panels.  Eventually I settled on this design.  Now I need to head to the local art glass studio to buy some glass ahead of the next class.  Then I get to start cutting.

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Coloring Momo – Krita Process

    coloring momo

I thought I would post all the steps and layers I normally use in Krita to do digital inking and coloring.  I built all these images after the drawing was complete so it would show the stacking of all the layers on the right.

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Quilling Frames

quilling frames

My wife picked up these four matching quilling cards of the four seasons at an art show in Iowa this summer.  We couldn’t figure out how we wanted to frame them, either as a long row or a square. In the end, my wife liked the idea of framing them as these two pairs and we could display the frames either way.  The biggest challenge was that the quilling was on the form of 5×7 cards, so I didn’t have much to work with for margins.  I tried to add a complimenting splash of color and a very thin mat inside an equally thin frame.  The wood still needs some work, but we haven’t decided on a final finish yet.

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Memory Chest Prototype

Memory Chest Prototype

Our oldest son will be graduating highschool this summer, so my wife and I wanted to make him a nice chest to hold all the things we’ve been collecting for him since he was a baby.  I thought I would make a prototype first, before making a bunch of mistakes with more expensive hardwood, and I sured “learned” quite a few lessons in the process.  I decided to use lock-rabbit joints  for simplicity with the tools I had.  Overall, I think this one came out a little rough around the edges but nice.  We are going to tweak the dimensions and the design a bit and then carefully create the real thing.


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Cutting a Plaque

cutting a plaque

The last few weekends I have been working on a prototype plaque for an organization.  I made a vinyl stencil, scroll-sawed around it, then masked off the edges and painted.  I need to get a laser cutter, I could crank these out in minutes.  This is just a process shot I took while cutting.

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Cap’n-A Process Video

I decided to render a quick step-by-step process video for my Cap’n-A doodle.  (The movie was great!)  Most of the drawing was in MyPaint (some corrections in Krita) and textures in The GIMP.

1. Sketch
2. Subdue the sketch
3. Lines (front foot was junk)
4. New foot
5. Extra line weight and fills
6. Ground Shadow
7. Gray-tone colors
8. Add background texture
9. Layout shadows on figure
10. Color multiply the shadows
11. Add texture to figure

Pepper’s Funk by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

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