As you can see, by the end of Saturday night, I was close to halfway. Unfortunately, I was set back by the need to recut a number of pieces when I started. And then I was further set back by dropping a piece that I had spent a *very* long time getting the foil just perfect. Sadly, it broke, and I had to recut that piece and start over with the foil. There might have been much cursing and gnashing of teeth.
So why does foiling take so long? It's all about precision. First of all, everything that you see in the above picture that is shiny copper will be a black lead line when I am done. You don't want a lot of foil on one side and little or no foil on the other, or the completed piece will look odd in the light. Secondly, no matter how precise your (or at least *my*) glass cuts were to start with, foil adds a thickness in between. This means that I have to constantly be checking the fit of the pieces and possible grinding them down a little here and there. A good example of this is my incomplete piranha teeth:
|The pieces no longer fit together perfectly|
Lastly, I think everything is taking so long is that I'm a bit of a perfectionist. This is only my second piece of stained glass, and I really want it to come out exactly right. I'm probably spending unnecessary time making sure everything is just so, but I can't seem to help myself. Hopefully the final product will be totally worth it!