here we see the strat of the process. the boss plans all the steps, carefully drawing the entire panel, so all the glass can be cut in one fell swoop. his grasp and mental conception of the entire project is amazing, and he has stopped a number of issues before they even appeared. i guess this is why he's the boss. you can see other workers and one of the many small children that wander around underfoot. they work in a pretty cramped space, and the boss complains he wants a new space.
next this is one of 4 guys (and gals) that cut the glass. he works tirelessly and occassionally even cracks a joke.
then the process moves to the coppering. a small strip of adhesive copper is put around the edge of the glass sections. this is a section of bevelled mirror that will be included. the overall design is a starmap of the sky. the mirror is stars. awwwwww
there is a step i haven't included. they make a panel from scrap glass then plaster it up. this way when this girl gets it she just assembles the glass onto the jigsaw plaster backing. it's pretty clever, and it's the way they make all the lamps they produce.
the girl (who is extremely shy) then let's one of the guys take it, and they start to lead solder oall the pieces together. a couple of pics as this is the business end of the process, where you can really see it. there's 6-8 guys doing this at any one time
finally they edge nd back the entire panel with brass to strengthen it structurally.
and then a picture of the room these guys work in. you can see the awesome level of ventilation they have. OH&S is none existant (aside from they aren't actually trying to kill each other. they all wear gloves and smocks, but there's an occassional nasty cough from one or another. and they all smoke like it's going out of fashion... (which if the west is any indication it will be in 20 years ;)
yeah. hooray! i will go out into the streets and get some ground zero imagery and update it this arvo. sweet.