Monthly Archives: July 2012

SketchUp Cottage

I’ve been making some changes and additions to my little cottage project on SketchUp, and I’m pretty pleased with the results!  More to come, but here are some more pictures with a full roof, some windows, plants and a few changes to the decking.  It’s been fun to play with the shapes and textures, as well as some of the rendering effects, and I’m starting to get the hang of the tools, as well as groups and components.  Look out!  I’m a SketchUp machine!  …  Ok, maybe not, but I’m pleased as punch with this learning endeavour!




Design at Hannah’s House

As a celebration of finally getting our artwork unpacked and put up on the walls (and buying a new couch!), here is a photo of the frame cluster I designed for our living room wall… installed and everything!

The photo quality is terrible (thanks to bad lighting + the iphone), but it’s a collection of bits and pieces that are near and dear to our hearts.  Hope you enjoy!


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Hannah v. Sketchup

Took another stab at using my arch nemesis, Sketchup, today.  It feels silly, because the first thing anyone I talk to about that program says is, “Oh Sketchup?  Easiest program I ever used!”  …  So I feel both ridiculous for not getting the hang of it immediately, mixed into a cool emotional cocktail that also includes an intense desire to prove to Sketchup who’s boss.  (It’s me.)

So today I started out with some help with my very entertaining and patient colleague, TM.  We imported a PDF of a floor plan, scaled it to an appropriate size (imported at a facade of 100,000′ long…  why, yes, I do like waterfront views!), and started building up the pieces from there.  We grouped things, made some components and even created a new layer!  All in all, I feel like I have a much better feel for the program and the basic tools, and now I have the beginnings of a cool little cottage model!  Oh, you like it?  Why thanks – I made that door myself!

Learning from past projects undone

While unpacking my many boxes of supplies, sundries and miscellany this afternoon, I came upon several small projects I completed years ago as window catchers / Christmas ornaments / gifts that were in a little box, returned to me for repairs.  While it saddens me to that the workmanship of my early work needs improvement, I also find a lot of lessons learned in every project that comes apart in some way – additionally, these projects help me to celebrate every subsequent project that stays together as it should!

Today’s repair-ee is a small hummingbird window-catcher.  The design was probably pilfered from the internet or something I saw at a craft fair along the way, but it makes for a fun use of bright colours, and a lovely gift (when the wings don’t fall off…)

The issue with this particular piece is the horizontal solder line between the wing and the body.  A straight solder joint between two pieces of glass (copper-foil method) is the weakest joint in a stained glass piece – the two edges of glass have no directionally opposed counter to prevent folding, as has happened here.

The result: the solder is stronger than the adhesive of the copper foil to the glass.  The glass bends from whatever force has been exerted on it at the joint, and pulls out of its foil edging, as in the image below.

The remedy?  Heating up the existing solder in the joint and removing the wing.  The wing then needs to be re-foiled around the edges, and re-soldered back into place.  The REAL remedy is in placing some bracing into the solder joint at first go, to prevent upward or downward force from pushing the wing out of its foil casing.  A small piece of wire laid along the line on the side of the body, then bent into an L shape to carry out along the edges of the wing would serve this purpose, adding strength to the corners of the joint and resisting breakage of the copper foil.

Sadly, as the owner of this piece hoped, crazy glue can’t put this baby back together!