Thursday, June 19, 2014

Stained Glass Class

I'm so excited to tell you about my latest class...

 That's me on the left with our youngest daughter, Olivia, on the right.  Olivia has always said to me, "I'm not a crafter, Mom!"  I'm a crafting fool and she was brought up crafting so that has always bothered me, you know?!  But wait... Thanks to our wonderful teacher and all that goes into stained glass -- she can no longer say that because she loved making her stained glass project and wants to continue!!!

I don't know about you but I zoom in like a bee to a flower when I see any kind of stained glass hanging in a window!  For years I  have wanted to take a class to learn how those beautiful  pieces are all put together!  I can say I FINALLY DID IT!!!!  Everything about the class was so-very-good!  Having Olivia with me was wonderful. The teacher, Sue Miller, was great!  The atmosphere was extremely inviting and motivating...there is stained glass eye candy everywhere!!!!  (I only bought one piece at the first class!!!)  Check out Sue's website at Shining Light Stained Glass.  It is full of all kinds of good information and stained glass products!!

I was so excited learning I forgot to take pictures at the first few classes!! So... I'm sorry you won't get to see us cutting out the pattern, cutting the glass, grinding the glass...We'll jump right into foiling and soldering and the completed projects!
Putting copper foil around each piece of glass.

Soldering...half way completed!

Soldering completed on one side - now to the other side.

Omg! Olivia actually doing something crafty!!!!!  That's my girl!!!!!
Olivia putting final touches on the frame of her turtle.

Sue is a wonderful teacher. She shows you how it's done - then lets you take over.  Only helps you if you ask for it.

Being the crafter I am... I have to say I was comparing stained glass to quilting...and even making cards with stamping!  You get to choose a size, pattern, shapes, colors, materials, textures, borders.  There is planning, designing, coloring, cutting, shaping, making sure all the pieces fit together just right, and using different kinds of tools for each step of the way.  Maybe it's the working with all the colors, or is it the piecing together that make these two crafts so appealing?  Hmm.  Probably the colors for me.  I don't know though, the challenge of getting all the pieces to fit together just-so is pretty exciting when the project is finished.  What do you think?

My chickadee and Olivia's turtle.  Look at all the beautiful items hanging in Sue's studio window!!!!  

Now I'm going to learn how to use Photoshop Elements 12 so I can do and make cool things for my blog.  I'll let you know if I find a good class!

Until next time... Hope you have a blessed day!


1 comment:

  1. Rosemary B here:
    Both of you are beautiful, and your creations are marvelous.
    Olivia says she is not a crafter? Well, she hasn't been bitten hard, YET
    this looks like a fun class. My sister in law can do this. Now I want to.
    One day.... when I finally get the twins settled in their swinging retirement villa