I'm taking my time to get thru the prompts, no rush, no pressure. My life is somewhat slow paced. I work from home (no commute), my work is low-medium pressure, I dont have kids, and I live in a village by the sea. How laid back can a person be? That is why I would classify my Tuesdays as MANIC! I have both glass class AND puppy training. So on Tuesdays I have to keep my eye on the clock. That is why my Wednesdays are especially slow paced ... Alfie is asleep on my feet and I am indulging in my favourites on iPlayer ... today I have listened to a chilling reading of Daphne Du Mauriers The Birds and my next treat is Wuthering Heights. I LOVE Wednesdays!!!
Add patina ... thats what is in the blue bottle. It gets brushed onto the metal and turns it grey-brown. The shade was then washed with soapy water and (carefully) polished with a soft brush. This makes the metal bright and (hopefully) stops the lead oxidising and turning chalky white.
Taking great care, make the smoothest, most even seam that I possibly can ... the masking tape stops the solder from running inside (and holds the shade together when I let the seam get so hot teh solder starts to puddle .... whoops!!!)
... remove from the brace board and adjust until the fourth side fits. Add more dots of solder until the shade is rigid. The white spots all over the glass are "spits" of solder, sometimes the solder seems to have lots of impurities and spits all over the place, hence the need to wear old clothes or an apron ... its a messy job!
I'm a bit of a fraud doing this class with Shimelle, cos I'm not a scrapbooker. I love CJs and I enjoy making cards, but the thought of 12 x 12 fills me with dread. But I knew I would have a few free days over the next 3 weeks, so taking another Shimelle class, whatever the title, fills me with bliss ... and that's a good enough reason to sign up.
I have been making stained glass since January 2010, and this is my first lampshade. The three hours each Tuesday that I spend in the company of glass and lead and flux are both a time to relax and a time to create. Here are the four finished panels for my shade, tomorrow I begin to assemble ...