stained glass weekend, day two

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:19 pm
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Today went much faster. It helped that I have done both foiling and soldering before, at Musecon, so I just needed a few reminders of how it goes. I was finished with the cat panel by lunchtime, although the instructor added the hanging loops for me later on. She had said yesterday that anyone who finished early should feel free to start another piece. So I did.

I knew I didn't have time to make another full panel, so I just did the rocket itself. Cutting that out was *much* faster. Not only is it only four pieces, but also where they meet is all straight lines *and*, since they don't have to fit into a frame, I didn't have to be so absolutely precise about the size of each one. I did make a hanging loop for the top. Interestingly, the rocket is almost as tall as the cat panel.

Even with the second piece, I finished more than half an hour early, so I was able to catch an earlier train.

~8" stained glass panel with of a cat ~7" stained glass rocket

more pictures, including the patterns that I didn't use

stained glass weekend, day one

Jul. 22nd, 2017 07:54 pm
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First day of the stained glass weekend workshop was devoted to cutting out our projects. I had been surprised--and pleased--to learn that we could do our own designs. I spent the last week drafting and refining ideas. I ultimately took two along today, a cat and a rocket. I had been worried about the curves on the cat (which is why I took the rocket too), but they said that curves are not inherently harder than straight lines. So I'm doing the cat.

Just picking out colors took over an hour. That plus the initial instruction and practice cutting took up until lunchtime. I did finish cutting out all my pieces, which puts me in the middle of the pack. A couple of people already moved on to foiling the edges (because the solder won't stick to glass), and a few people are still not finished with the cutting.

Tomorrow is another full day. I should finish with no trouble; the piece I did at Musecon two years ago was bigger and more elaborate and only took three hours starting from precut pieces.

Right now I'm pooped.

Photobucket shenanigans, continued

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:05 pm
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Photobucket is making me seriously angry.

The story so far: They changed their terms of service the beginning of July, to forbid "3rd party hosting" for free accounts. They didn't bother to send out any notice of this. Instead, last week they started sending me repeated nastygrams, accusing me of nefarious practices (that I hadn't know were a problem, see: lack of notice), and demanding that I upgrade to a paid account. Last Wednesday, after I investigated and discovered what the issue actually was, I deleted my account. They gave me 48 hours to change my mind, so the account should have been gone by Friday night.

Just now, I got another of those identical nastygrams. I figured something had gone wrong with the deletion, so I headed back over to Photobucket to see what's up. I can't log in, meaning my account is in fact gone (GOOD!). So WHY AM I STILL GETTING EMAILS ABOUT MISUSE OF MY DELETED ACCOUNT??!!!!!!!!!

stained glass designs

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:03 pm
readinggeek451: fused glass dolphin bowl (dolphin bowl)
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I hadn't realized it, but we get to make our own designs for the stained glass workshop next weekend. Constraints: no more than nine pieces (that's the hard one), must be a 7.5" square or a 7.5"x8.5" rectangle (no free-form).

I'm an over-achiever; I have four designs: a cat, a dolphin, a peacock, and a rocket. I'm torn between the first three. The rocket would be easiest, but it's also my least favorite; I may take it along anyway in case the instructor rejects the other three.

image hosting

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:34 pm
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I now have a free account on Flickr. Username is the same as my old one on Photobucket. The only thing there at the moment is my userpic. That's not going to change very fast, either; I'm not going to try to re-upload all of my old trip pictures. It looks like I can't upload directly to an album, which is going to be annoying, but so be it.

Photobucket shenanigans

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:00 pm
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I just deleted my Photobucket account, which will break some of my links here and elsewhere.

I've had a free account with them since 2009. They suddenly changed their terms of service July 1 to restrict "3rd party hosting" (embedding your photos on other websites). That is their privilege, of course; that alone would not have made me delete my account.

But the first I heard about the change was a very nasty email yesterday accusing me of said 3rd party hosting and demanding that I upgrade my account. They sent a second, identical email today. Note that at no time did they say "oh, this is a service change." Nor had they sent out a notice of said service change. Also note that other people could choose to embed my Photobuckets pictures without my knowledge or consent, which presumably would trigger another round of nasty emails.

So I deleted my account. I'm sorry to do it--all my trip photos were there--but I refuse to put up with such tactics.

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