Wednesday, March 20, 2013
My Part Is Done
I finally finished the transom. At least it is built and ready to be installed. That is not MY job, she said...
I wanted to put a copper patina on the stained glass transom. I don't know if I didn't get all the flux washed off or if this is all I can expect. It never got as shiny as the original copper foil. After I thought about it, and then realized this was the best I would get, I decided that I LIKED it this way. We are planning on furnishing the rooms with mostly antique furniture, so I liked the antique look of the transom. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I TRIED to cut the zinc channels. Even with Lee's heavy duty cutter, it would not do a good job. Lee tried to hacksaw it and that didn't work. In the past I have had the stained glass store where I purchased my supplies cut the channels for me. This time I ordered everything online and so there was no store. There is a special electric tool they sell to cut the channels, but I didn't want to buy that for just this project. Maybe if I do a LOT more!
The transom is going to be held up with a lot of wood trim, so the channel will not show. I just muscled through with the cutter, bent and smashed the channel and covered any rough and bumpy cuts with a bunch of solder. I just wanted it for the stability, not for the looks!
There would not ordinarily be any rush to finish this project, but there was a sale at a local sewing machine store (Alpine Sewing Machines) and I was ready for my new machine to finish my quilt.
I wanted one that could do the quilting I like to do and do some embroidery I want to learn. It turned out it was cheaper to get one for the sewing and one for the embroidery. Cheaper by about $1000! So now I have TWO new machines!
I couldn't set them up in the craft room because there was a lot of glass slivers and solder and flux. All kinds of things you don't want to get on your quilts. I had to finish up and get cleaning!
So now I have a new Janome Memory Craft 6300 and a Bernina 340 Deco. I can't wait to get started. I am going to set up both and start thinking about what I want for my quilting.
I can buy a bunch of patterns on my new memory stick for the Deco and use it to quilt open sections of the quilt I need to finish. I can't wait!
My first class on the embroidery machine is April 2. We had another contractor come bid for the tile. And small progress is being made.