Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Work in Progress - Getting Close

I've been working diligently on the "Peace Angel" and I'm almost done cutting all the glass pieces for it. Right now I'm working on her wings. I thought about posting a picture of where I am with it now, but felt it would be more interesting to see her when all the pieces are in place.

This is the part of the process that truly does take the most time. Cutting and fitting. Over the years my approach to this has evolved so that now I cut a piece and make sure it fits correctly before moving on. In my earlier days of stained glass, I would cut everything and then start working on the fitting process. Not the best approach as things shift when they are cut, so I have found the importance of cutting and fitting at the same time. In my opinion, it is a much better approach and produces a much nicer window.

Yes, my current way of building a window is a more time consuming process, but I think it is well worth the effort. Once this part is done, the rest of the assembly goes fairly quick. Each piece will be wrapped in copper foil in preparation for soldering. And that's why it's so important that everything fits together well before the next step of copper foil.

I felt I needed to explain why I haven't posted much in the past week. My focus has been completing this phase of the window.


Karen said...

I'm glad you wrote about what you've been working on...aside from the process itself being interesting to read about, now I don't have to worry about you and your work! :)
Can't wait to see the finished product!

Kathleen, a Glass Artist said...

Thanks Karen! You made me laugh and I wouldn't want you to worry about me or my work. :)

I've been absorbed by this piece, trying to finish it. Once I get through this stage, the rest should go pretty fast.

You've been a busy lady with all of your work! Looks like you're having fun.

I'm anxious to see this one finished, but I always feel that way when I do stained glass. I'm looking forward to the "ah ha" moment when I get to hold it so the light comes through the glass.

Karen said...

It's funny, I know what you mean about anxiously awaiting the "ah ha" moment". I too wait for the light to come through, although of course with a painting it's figurative. :)
Can't wait to see the finished version!