Patterns for glass pieces
You cut out the paper pieces using special
scissors that cut out a small strip, that will later be filled by the copper
You mark around each paper pattern with a special white paint pen, cut the glass, then take it to the grinder for final sizing.
The new grinder worked very well. It did throw out some water spray with fine white glass dust onto the table. Next time, I need to tape some cardboard walls around it so they catch the spray. I also need to order the small plastic table that allows you to use the small 1/4" diameter grinder attachment.
Fine-Tuning the Glass
I made all 17 pieces without breaking 1 and having to do it over
Two years ago when I first tried cutting glass in straight lines, my scrap rate was over 90%. Today is was 0% I like my tight fits with no big holes or gaps. In class, I felt rushed and could not fine-grind the pieces to my liking. This should be a pretty one when it is done!!
I have some gaps where 15, 16, and 17 red pieces
join up, but hopefully I can fill them with solder.
I cut the outside rectangles free-hand using a ruler as a guide. This was before I was aware of the Portable Morton Glass cutter system, which allows you to cut rectangles of exactly the same size. Maybe I will buy one someday, they are about $100 for this kit.
The new grinder really worked nicely on this
project. I bought the accessories later which included the splash panels,
and a special mounting fixture for the 1/4" diameter cutter.
I did not cut my rectangular border pieces exactly the same size using the manual ruler method. I should probably buy the Morton Portable shop system, which is really slick and yields identical size rectangular pieces.
Process wise, I would not change anything. I might make the hanging rings a little larger diameter. I wound 12-2 electrical wire around the flux brush and then cut it with a Dremel. Maybe wind it around something with a bigger diameter next time.
I don't know if the special bottle of flux remover is really needed or not. Many people on the Internet say they just use dish soap and water. For the small number of projects I do, the special bottle is probably ok.