Monday, 18 March 2013

glass update week 9

Wednesday was an exciting day.  The stained glass window is soldered, ladies, it's actually a window!


You are seeing the other side to that you usually see and it is upside down on the board.  I spent Wednesday's class soldering the front of it, then my teacher flipped it over whilst I nearly threw up with anxiety, and I soldered the back.


See, all soldered!  I LOVED soldering, I want to solder more, anything, everything.


My soldering at first was rubbish, but it soon improved. Because of this, the back is better than the front!


The lead in most of the window is 1/4", around the nuggets I used 3/8" as the 1/4" was too bulky.  The very edge is 1/2".  Soldering the nuggets to the outer 1/2" lead was a real b*&$*r!  When I'd put the last bit of solder in place and then wire brushed it to get rid of the tallow (used as flux.  Am I talking a foreign language now?). I nearly wet myself with excitement.

Next week I'm cementing this baby, the following day I'll have to take a half day to clean it up, then I'm off to the NEC for the Stitching shows.  When I get back I'll begin the nagging texts to my uncle about when he can come and install it!  That will be an exciting moment...


Related posts

fused glass elements
glass cutting complete
beginning the leading
leading the nuggets
more leading
leading the rose and stem
main panel complete
right hand panel finished
leading finished

13 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

It turned out gorgeous! Great work! And the end is in sight ;!

heart of charnwood said...

Looks fabulous, get nagging your uncle to come and install it so we can all see how fab it looks in-situ! Good work Mrs, and i hope no-one feels the urge to put a brick through it! ;o)

Marilyn said...

Wow, well done, Wendy. It looks great. Will be waiting to see a pic when it is installed.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I have been making stained glass at a local class for over a year now and I KNOW how much work there is here. I am at just the same stage with a panel I've been working on for ages, Tuesday will see if finished. I love your design with its William Morris influence. Brilliant. Irene xxx

Shirley said...

Well done it looks great, I'm not going to the Nec this time but maybe another show we could meet up.

ukcitycrafter said...

This looks gorgeous, well done.

Sheila said...

Absolutely love it. Will be looking forward to seeing it installes

Katherine said...

Beautifully done, Wendy! It's just gorgeous. I can imagine the excitement counting down until it can be installed. Yay!

JoJo said...

Cementing it? It's absolutely beautiful!!! I also loved soldering too. I learned in metal shop in 7th grade. My dad let me help him solder sometimes (he was a plumber).

Lisa said...

Beautiful! This is so, so pretty! I can't wait to see it hanging with the sun streaming through, do you need any help nagging your uncle? Tell him your readers are nagging him too :)

Celtic Thistle said...

Congratulations, it is just lovely!

Astri said...

Hi Wendy! Beautiful stained glass and your other projects are excellent too. Love the tea organizing sew project! Thanks for visiting my blog so that I could find you. :-)

Just-Do said...

You really are a sold(i)er! What an amazing project this has been from the start; it was so great that you made us follow the whole process , telling about the fun parts, but also about the difficulties and sometimes your frustrations. Great job!