Here's how it went down...
Step 1: Start tracing and cutting. I tried out a different model of glass cutter today and liked it way better. It has a wide grip, like a gun instead of a skinny one, like a pencil. That way you can exert downward pressure with your whole hand instead of just the tips of your fingers. Way easier and more accurate. Yay!
Step 2: Grind some more. I had a few background pieces I had cut that were way too big for some reason, so I had quite a bit of grinding to do. Fortunately, I found a better grinder so it took less time.
Step 3: Search for glass. I decided to change my design a little bit. I had planned on using a bright red to make the little squares around the border of my sun design and use white for the long pieces of the border. But when I laid it out, it was very blah. So I swapped where the red and white would go. However, there was a slight problem: I could only find tiny scraps of red in the glass bins. Nothing big enough for the long edge pieces, let alone the center sun piece. And they were quite a dark red, like red wine. I needed something brighter. So my great teacher, LuJean, found a big panel of bubbly red glass that had been taken from an old building upon restoring it. It was perfect! It was transparent, had texture, and was just the right shade of red.
(Isn't it pretty? It looks almost orangey, like fire embers, with the light shining through. But from straight on, it just looks like a nice strawberry red.)
Step 6: Progress! I managed to get all my glass pieces cut! (I
Here is a sneak peak of what the finished piece will look like...
Next week: Fun with 3rd degree burns! (Also known as, I get to start soldering).