First day of the fabrication process for the stained glass ark doors for Temple Shalom Newton. Michelle is looking through our personal collection of glass, choosing the colors for the window.
May 18, 2019
Michelle begins the work of choosing the glass and assigning colors to the pattern.
May 24, 2019
Michelle contiues work on the pattern, establishing the window borders and the cut lines and assigning colors to spaces.
Michelle inventories the glass in preparation for placing the order to the distributor in New York.
Inking in the full-size pattern.
Michelle assigns each space on the pattern a color.
May 28, 2019
Michelle begins cutting glass and laying the pieces out on a second copy of the pattern in preparation for firing in the kiln.
Michelle is working on the full-size pattern, choosing colors and cutting pieces.
Michelle scores a piece of glass, working right over the pattern.
Laying out the pieces on a second copy of the pattern.
Cutting continues and…
…the windows grow.
June 1, 2019
Cutting continues with the pieces laid out on a second table.
The left door is laid out on a table as Michelle cuts the glass.
June 5, 2019
June 9, 2019
Cutting is completed on the right door panel and work begins on the left door panel.
Michelle lays a completed piece on the second pattern.
Michelle examines the lay pout out for the right door panel.
Pieces of the right door panel laid out during glass cutting.
Michelle cuts a piece out on the light table.
June 17, 2019
Cutting continues on the pieces for the second door panel, while awaiting the shipment of glass from New York.
June 24, 2019
Glass cutting completed for both the right and left door panels. Michelle checks and replaces some pieces as a fine tuning of the design.
Right hand panel, cutting completed.
Michelle checks the completed door for changes.
Fine tuning the colors.
June 27, 2019
Panels are laid out on clear glass in preparation for bending
June 29, 2019
Work continues on laying out each panel on a piece of Boron-Nitride coated clear glass in preparation for firing in the kiln to achieve bending to the correct radius
July 1, 2019
At Van Bebber Bros. Steel Fabricators working on the stainless steel for the bending forms.
All the panels are laid out on the clear glass bases and glued down. The panels are stored in a cabinet made for transporting the glass to Santa Rosa and then to Sacramento for the kiln work in their 26x52 kiln.
July 5, 2019
First firing in Sacramento yields a successfully slumped group of cut pieces.
The 26” x 52” glass kiln we are using in Sacramento for the firing of the panels.
July 6, 2019
Assembly of the first bent pieces on the curved board provided by Bruce Blessinbton to form the simplest and smallest of the 12 panels which comprise the entire composition.