Here it is, almost midnight, & I’m still revved up. It’s just so great to be in a large workshop for stained glass — like coming home. There’s a wall filled with cubby holes of small pieces of glass — hundreds of colours to choose from. And there’s lots of room to work on three big tables that run down the middle.
I was a little nervous going in — you know, lots of people & not wanting to be the worst of everyone. But there’s only two other ladies & the instructor whose a professional stained glass window designer, fabricator, & installer. Exactly what I aspire to be when I grow up, hee hee.
The poor guy wanders among us–with helpful tips for cutting [like those pesky curves & circles] & breaking the glass–but sometimes has to leave us alone. All four of us agreed–nobody likes someone hovering or, worse, talking, when you’re cutting freehand on a curve.
So, once-in-awhile, he worked a bit at the station beside me, on the same pattern with pieces someone else had cut but not finished. [It was really cool to get a glimpse of him leading — only 2 more sleeps & I get to do it!]
Of course he often got interrupted when we were dealing with the hardest part of cutting for a pattern — making it fit. Gotta stay inside the black lines. [Stained glass patterns have thicker lines to allow for the copper foil/lead soldering between pieces.]
If the piece was too small, it meant cutting a new one — a waste of glass! If the piece was too big, it meant grinding — and you’re pretty-well assured the curved ones will need it. So, I got some great pointers from him about using my grinder — same model as they had there!
Yup, I really like small groups. It was especially great to talk to a professional who has done stained glass work for 5 yrs & earns a living creating & restoring stained glass projects. He says it is a little slower in the winter, but he has work all year-long. Wow, what a great boost to my confidence in me doing the same!!
I know Victoria has a ton of Victorian homes [ha ha, thus our name] with a ton more stained glass windows in them. Also, government & parliament buildings, & of course, churches.
The owner of the glass shop had a beautiful church window on the go in our workroom. It had an arch at the top & four beautiful native-art circles down the centre. Absolutely gorgeous! More inspiration.
Time for me to work on my own window design for my bed.