Yes, I know. I said I was going to work on the grass first. I use several different types of green glass for the grass to give depth and color variation. I came up short on one particular green, so I switched to working on the top of the panel (background and lion) until I figure out which green to use for the rest of the grass. One more day of cutting should be all I need.
I cut out the last border today and I may now officially cross the borders off my list! They're not difficult, but after twelve of them they're not very exciting either. I thought on this one I would do the grass first and work my way up the panel.
I put the pattern down today for the last panel. I use a sheet of drywall on top of the work table because it's easy to push in the pins. By now the poor piece of drywall is more pinholes than solid, but it only needs to hold together for two more weeks.
Who am I kidding? I'll probably flip it over and use it for the next project.
The panel is foiled, reinforced and one side is soldered. Tomorrow I'll finish soldering, clean and polish both sides and get it up off the work table. After that, one more to go!
We've also started planning the installation. We ordered 500' of 1/2"x3/4" wood stops. Those will need to be painted to match the existing window trim. We'll also need some neoprene blocks (think shims) to secure the windows.
I was only able to cut for about five hours today, but I got about half the grass done. I do like how it's turning out. Tomorrow is go-to-town day, so I won't be able to finish cutting the grass until the day after. Is that what you call "pro-grass-tination"? A terrible pun, I know.
Everything but the grass got cut out today. And I do mean everything. I have bandaids on each hand to prove it. You know you're in the glass groove when the blood is more of an annoyance than a concern. I'm hoping to get this panel wrapped up by the end of next week.
I took a few weeks to visit family and am back at the project. The center panel for the Lion and Lamb is up off the work table and the first of the two side panels is ready to start. Actually I did start it. It's the 11th of 12 panels and I've done the border over and over...and over. This panel has the Lion's body, background and grass.