This is what one full day of cutting glass looks like. When I went to bed last night, the plan was to use this colour palette to create a large circular piece. When I go up this morning, I changed my work board, set up a frame and got started. There is one piece left to cut and a second piece that needs to be re-cut to create a curve in one spot where I see a flat line. The finished measurements on this will be about 18 x25. This Adventure will be included in my upcoming show.
One of the 'new perspectives' for my show at the Galerie Old Chelsea next month is the use of camera lenses in my stained glass panels. I stocked up on non-functioning lenses at a camera shop here in Ottawa that has now closed. These three images show the various stages of the time-consuming process of extracting the lenses from their casings. I have purchased two sets of specialty screwdrivers, an electric dremmel and some magic chemical that loosens tight screws. I still have not found a solution to Locktite... with the nice weather tomorrow, I may graduate to the back yard so I can use the dremmel to cut into the bag full of lenses I now have that seem to be permanently held in place either by plastic moulding or by immovable parts. I have created a few pieces using lenses and will post pictures as soon as my show is up.
april Fool? This project has reminded me of Lessons One and Two. With all these curves, lesson one (always improve your curve) has been constantly in my mind. I was also reminded of lesson two as I selected the glass for this project...select the glass carefully. I did change the glass for the accent colours to lighter tones so they can look spectacular in the light. Then, after purchasing two spools of solder yesterday to ensure I had enough, I realized at 5:15 pm, just after the glass store closed, that I was out of 1/4" black-backed copper foil. I had 1/4" silver and copper backed foil, but only black will do. Hence lesson three...always check your stock! So I foiled this morning until I ran out and then had to come to the gallery for the day. There will be an emergency trip to the glass shop tomorrow morning so this can be ready to solder on Tuesday morning.