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Stained glass, but not as we know it

Stained glass. This was the demonstration Glenfield Park WI were treated to this month courtesy of Kate Fenney. Not as you might imagine the stained glass windows seen in churches where the glass is encased in lead. making it heavy but a lighter form. Instead of using lead the edges of the glass are covered with tape and then soldered together. Kate demonstrated nearly all aspects of the process except one using a very noisy machine. She wanted to spare our ears but in true Blue Peter style she produced one she had prepared earlier. At each stage she showed us items she had made. Beautiful. Kate explained that there are many types of glass, ranging from the plain to opaque with subtle patterns. As with material the glass has a grain and great care has to be taken to produce the effect needed. We were shown examples to illustrate the point.  Great patience is needed in this art form as there are so many processes involved. Even the cutting of the glass to achieve the correct shape took a lot of time. However seeing the lovely articles, some large some small, that Kate had made we all agreed it was well worth it.  At the end of the evening the finished product  was a lovely heart shaped pendant. A fascinating evening. Thank you, Kate.

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