Once the design has been completed and approved by the committee for fabrication, the next step is to make the full size pattern or cartoon. Since our designs are digital files, we easily generate blueprints. Michelle's job is to create the pattern from these blueprints by painstakingly redrawing the design over the blueprint, making sure that every piece is going to be able to be cut out of glass. Each space on the pattern is given a number.
At this time, we also determine what decorative techniques, such as painting or etching may be employed and incorporate these tasks into the pattern.