Saturday, May 28, 2016



 So, it's mask making time again in my classroom.  This year I decided to go with plastic mask shells - I figured this group of students would have too many problems making a curved mask shell from flat cardboard.  Problem was that plastic masks are WAY more expensive than cardboard, so I decided to double my investment and use the mask shaped blister-pack as well.  So like last year's mask project, it starts with taping and building 6 layers of paper-mache (3 on the outside and 3 on the inside and wrapping around all the mask edges).  This is what it looks like ...

 So ... like last year I decided to go with a Commedia dell-Arte mask - this time I made an actual character mask instead of copying the "style".  This year I chose to make a mask for the character Arlecchino ... the servant, most known for having a wart on his head.  I find I really enjoy making masks and this one has been a lot of fun.
Here is how it looks so far ...  I'll make another post when it's had it's top layers of paper mache and when it is painted.
Cheers.



So, last week I finished soldering all the lead joints ... this is my project window - first time in the light.  This week will be cementing (grouting) the window and finishing.  I'm so glad I took this class ... I have SOOO many future glass projects floating in my head now ... this is going to be expensive ... but fun ... :)



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I started a 5 week class on lead-came stained glass technique.  I've wanted to learn this technique for years and I finally found the time to do it.  Tomorrow is class # 3 (week 3) and things are starting to shape up.  I've already bought my own lead knife and lead cutters (they're called dykes - I'm not making this up) ... yup ... already buying my own tools? ... you bet I'm hooked.  We had to choose between 2 window patterns ... I chose the larger one (19"x13") ... here is a photo of my progress so far ... I'm loving this. 
I'll post photos when it's done.