This past weekend, I took a stained glass intensive at The Vinery in Madison where they take a 4-5 week class and smoosh it into a two day seminar. It was fantastic. It was so great to spend seven hours working on something. This is definitely the way I prefer to craft. We did take a lunch break in the middle but I really loved coming right back to work on my piece. The Vinery is a fantastic studio and everyone I met who taught or worked in the store were so nice. I definitely recommend that studio and I signed up for a lamp class pretty much right away!
Now, the issue I have when I work on a piece is that I’m so happy with the way things are fitting all the way up until I foil it. And even though I can’t really tell how things are going to look on the board (since no light can shine through), based on how quilts come together, I’m pretty confident that the colors will work together.
Actually, even after I foil it, although I can see all these HUGE gaps, I’m still pretty happy with it.But then I solder it and then for some reason, it seems like all my hard work was for naught because it just doesn’t look that great. Mostly it has to do with my soldering and my being new to it which I hope to make better as I make more pieces. There’s definitely an adjustment period after I solder where I have to get used to how it looks. But once I clean it up, polish it, and hold it up to the light, I’ve usually changed my mind.I ended up taking it to work where I have a giant window I can decorate. I kinda love it now. 🙂