Saturday, September 24, 2011

Leaded Glass Class: Cutting

Jeff's second week of lead came stained glass class covered cutting and grinding glass. After an overview of the tools and techniques we spent a little time practicing. Then we started in on the glass for our project.
Jeff learned that he has picked up a couple "bad habits" that he worked on breaking: keep his wrist straight while scoring, and move his arms (not wrists) to snap the glass. He also discovered our running pliers are supposed to have little plastic guards on the tip.

Once the pieces were cut to close to the right size, he took them to the grinder...
... and trimmed off any excess.
Now that we have a good fit, we soaked off the pattern paper, marked the piece number directly on the glass, and pinned a little frame down to keep everything in place.
Next week: leading.

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