Some days the cutting is as smooth as glass. Really. Some days, like today, every piece took patience and concentration. In spite of having to cut and recut several pieces, I managed to finish the cutting for the third panel on the Holy Spirit window. I'll still need to foil, reinforce, solder and clean it up.
I had some fun taking the photos and putting them together. Then with some cutting and pasting I tried to line them up. These photos are on the back side and down on the worktable. The angle is wonky but it gives me an idea of what it will be like up in the window. Yes, they WILL line up when installed, with 2 1/2" mullions in between the panels.
In case you have any doubts, I am here to tell you that the flu is not your friend.
I managed four hours on the glass today and had to call it quits for the day. I finished the sky and stars, and was able to put in some background and a few leaves. I have a meeting tomorrow morning so will only have a half day tomorrow as well.
I just keep telling myself, "One little piece at a time."
I finished soldering the second panel today. That's two down and ten more to go. Tomorrow I'll shine this one up, stow it on the rack, and lay out the third one, which will be the final one of this triptych.
I thought I'd show how the Strong Line works. The first thing I do is put protection, in the form of Band Aids, on the ends of my fingers. The snipped ends of the Strong Line are really sharp. I'm also learning how to play the Celtic harp, and lacerated fingertips don't work well. Talk about two hobbies in conflict with each other!
Strong Line is very narrow copper coated steel, .020x.103., Inserted in the lead (or zinc) channel, or between pieces of glass,it adds strength to the panel. It flexes on the flat side, and is rigid on the narrow side.
I leave room between the cut pieces, to accommodate the Strong Line. I cram it into every available place, paying special attention to the vertical runs. My first panel has more flex than I'm comfortable with, although once it is installed it will be fine. I'm hoping that this one is sufficiently rigid.
After inserting what seemed like miles of wire, I soldered one side of the second panel. Today, I'll frame it with zinc came, turn it over and solder the other side.
After seven hours of foiling and two-plus rolls of copper foil tape, the center panel is all foiled. If you've not seen this done, each piece of cut glass is edge-wrapped with copper foil tape which is sticky on one side and shiny copper on the other. A product called Strong Line, which is a stiff copper reinforcement is threaded through the seams where possible. The seams are given a light coat of flux, then lead is soldered to the copper.
I use a small table foiler which helps me place the foil tape properly on the glass. I used to do it by hand but the copper foil is like little razor blades and shreds the fingertips. I still hand-foil tiny pieces, but the table foiler is a great time saver...to say nothing of finger-saver!
The center Dove panel is all cut out and ready for foiling. Foiling will probably take two days, and tomorrow is a shopping day. I hope to get the foiling finished by end of day on Thursday.
I was never any good at cut and paste in kindergarten, but I just couldn't help myself. I printed out a picture of the first panel (soldered) and the center panel (unsoldered) and then cut and paste them together to see how it was coming together. Except for the fact that the wonky angle of the original photos makes it a little goofy, I'm pretty happy with the results. Yes, in real life, they actually line up.
The work never goes as fast as I expect it to. I was hoping to finish cutting the glass for this panel today, and still have about two hours of work to do. Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday and I probably won't get any done until Monday.