The leading is finished on my bed panels!
I can now move onto the next assembly process — soldering all the meeting places in the lead came.
Notice the two  differences between the panels?
Two areas didn’t go quite as planned — the first one was my Yellow Hiccup [here]. Thus the left yellow ray in A [immediately above] has the flow going across the ray rather than along it.
The second one? Hint: It’s also in the yellow in A.
I had a problem when inserting it into the lead channels — it’s a bit of a wedge getting the top of it in between the left side & the white triangle in the right corner.
As I was tilting the glass a bit to insert it into the groove, I was also pushing. Next thing I knew, I had broken off the bottom point of the yellow ray — eeek!
Thank goodness it was in once piece — I cut a small piece of lead & the yellow glass still fit fine. Now this panel had two ‘unplanned changes’.
It almost had a third — the dark blue on the bottom right was too short. But I still have some of this blue glass so I was able cut another piece to fit.
But that extra lead line in that yellow ray really bugged me. [Of course, if this had been a client’s window, I would have picked up another piece of yellow to cut the left ray with the flow along it. Then, I’d have a larger piece of yellow left over to recut the right one now. Both problems easily solved.]
I’m interested in trying some 3D soldering, so I got out my art box to see what I could come up with:
A good idea, but . . .
The unicorn [left] is painted balsa — too childish.
The leopard [right] is copper & suits the window much better — but, a leopard in the sun rays? Hmmm, I don’t think so.
Then I went looking for the little container where I’d been stashing all sorts of pieces of old or broken jewelry — I had just the thing . . .
a butterfly! 😀
It’s a little metal mesh brooch — the back body of the butterfly has a little pin closure that’s been broken for quite a few years.
I love this sturdy, bejewelled little butterfly. I’ve had it for mega years — must be more than 30 now. Since my first name, Vanessa, means butterfly in Greek, I do tend to collect a few of them in all sorts of materials.
I think this butterfly is perfect for this idea:
- with a little raised pin underneath, I can solder it to the short lead came
- it’s golden colour melds nicely with the yellow ray yet it’s 3D effect raises it into our viewpoint
- it’s very light — the little ‘jewels’ are tiny chips — so it won’t pull on the panel nor overpower the area
- the metal suits the lead metal
So, that’s the plan. 😉