Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stained Glass Class - Bathroom project (foil)

2009
Tuesday, March 31

Today in stained glass class, I foiled the pieces, for my bathroom window project. Before I had started it though, I made a jig, which was the same size as my bathroom window. I wanted to make sure that it stayed the right size.... and doesn't "grow", as my instructor phrases it.

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I love... love the blue glass and the glass tiles will give a great added depth and fun to the window.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Gargoyle

2009
Monday, March 30

I was walking through Lowes today and I couldn't help myself when I has seen this gargoyle. He looked so happy, he made me smile, so I couldn't pass him up.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stained Glass Class - Bathroom project

2009
Tuesday, March 24

Tonight, in stained glass class, I had started on my bathroom window project. Currently what we use for privacy is the frosted window cling stuff. When I had stuck it on there I made it a design and over the last couple of yrs have grown to like the look of it. So I wanted to stay with the same style.... which matches the style of our tile design.

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I have some leftover frosted glass tiles, from when we had the bathtub surround tiled, and I decided to incorporate it into the design. To give privacy I found some clear glass, with a rippled effect and some awesome blue glass to match.

I cut all the pieces for it tonight, with the help of my Dad's straight cut tool, he let me borrow today. I love cutting straight cuts... it is soooo much faster than cutting curves.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Stained Glass Class - Soldering

2009
Tuesday, March 17

Tonight, in my stained glass class, I learned how to solder. I've worked with soldering before, when I had minored in jewelry in college. That was with a torch though and this is with a soldering iron, so it's a little different.

By the end of the class I had all my pieces soldered together. There are some rough spots and some spots where I worked it too long. Those can be fixed though. Once a piece gets to hot, you have to let it cool down... so I'll fit it another time.

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I was just excited that it's all together and I can hold it up to the light.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Vole munching issues

2009
Sunday, March 15

So, it seems as though we have Water Vole munching issues. What is a vole, you ask?.... I just found out it is a type of rodent (similar to a field mouse) that loves to gnaw on tender bark of trees and shrubs.

Just when I was excited that the DeerOut & RabbitOut was working great.... now we have water voles. *Sigh*.... what's next???.... jumbo tree eating butterflies???

Apparently Voles are semi-aquatic, which our yard is full of lots of winter wetness. The two ways I figured it out was by their poop and the tunnels they dig.

Voles construct well-defined, visible tunnels, or "runways" at or near the surface, about two inches wide... which we have. Before learning about them I thought maybe they were just expansion cracks from the winter. Though... from my pics they kinda look like crop circles :)

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They also leave cylindrical, round-ended pellets poops... which I have disgustingly found near my poor devoured blue star juniper, in the circle.

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Amusingly enough.... I had gone to the DeerOut website to see if they had anything.... and they have "CritterOut", for rodents!!!!! Needless to say, I immediately ordered some.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stained Glass Class - Finished foiling glass

2009
Tuesday, March 10

Today in my stained glass class, I finished with the copper foil on my iris design... yay! Since glass can't be soldered, I wrapped each piece of glass with a copper foil, which will then get soldered all together. Foiling is actually very zen.... and it was zen for 41 pieces :)

I didn't have time to star soldering in this class, so next week I'm going to learn how to solder it all together. I can't wait to see it without the blue painters tape holding it together.

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