Heh, this grumble is short and sweet - but has a little moral.

Working on a new panel, I was excited to see it finished and noticed some little scratches on one piece of glass. Normally, I would cut out another piece and replace it. But oh no! Not this time. I would say I don't know why I didn't listen to that little voice - but I do. I was strapped for glass time and had finally got a panel cut, ground, and foiled. I saw the scratches during the foiling and just ignored them! Like a complete idiot.

Needless to say, the panel is still beautiful - but I wouldn't sell it. So now, I have a choice: either remake it, or let it go. I do not like repeating a design, but the design is too nice to let it just go.

I should listen to that little voice. It's one of those things. If you don't listen to the inner voice, then you can easily see why you should have when things go awry. If you DO listen to it, chances are you will never know if listening actually fixed a potential problem.

I have been given this lesson countless times, and still fail to learn it. heh - lesson learned, again.


  1. A while ago I learned that lampworkers sometimes scratch the inside of translucent beads with the tools they use to clean out the bead, and they fix these scratches with clear nail polish. I've used it a couple of times when I've spazzed out and scratched a pendant while signing it with the dremel, and it works like a charm. I wonder if clear nail polish would work for this kind of a situation.

  2. Heh heh! I certainly thought about doing that. After debating it, I decided not to for two main reasons.

    One is that I would have had to coat the whole leaf or a ridge where the nail polish was would show in the sun.

    The other is that I was afraid the polish would discolor or yellow after hanging in sunlight for a while. Those panels get really hot, sometimes you can't even hold them if they've been hanging in direct sun for an hour or so. I don't trust nail polish to be okay in those kind of harsh conditions.

    Basically, I would have hated to hide the problem with a potentially worse fix.

  3. Yeah that's a really good point. It's too bad you can't stick the whole thing in the kiln and firepolish away the scratches. I'm guessing that would end in disaster, though. :)