aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

New craft skills

My confirmation class is about to start a long-delayed, massive project: the creation and installation of stained glass windows. We're starting with a life-sized nativity angel; we will follow that up eventually with a matched pair of resurrection angels.

Tonight, I went over to the local stained glass haven and learned the basic skills. After two hours or so, I had a simple piece ready to take home. I thought to myself, "this is going to really suck." But, no guts no glory, huh?

At the end of the process, another crafter said, "Just remember, there are only three rules to working with stained glass: Hot things burn; sharp things cut; and hot and cold solder look exactly alike."

Anyway, the first cartoon (that is, the outline drawing) is ready for the first window. I'm very pleased with it. This project goes back to LAST year's class, whose pictures I took to use as models for the angels. So Megan gets to be the first of last year's confirmands raised to angelic status.

Another local craftswoman is going to help us, and she's furnishing a bunch of tools for this project. She and I will teach the kids. After my class (the 6th-graders) get into it, we'll bring the next older and next younger classes into it. All of those who participate will get to put their names on small pieces of glass that will be worked into the design. Once LJ figures out how to give us gallery options, I'll be looking to upgrade my account and post pictures of the kids and their window(s).
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