For my final goodbye to NBCC as an employee, I wanted to leave something behind as a reminder that I was there. So I decided on a sun catcher of the NBCC logo.
On a more personal level, when I look at these photos in the future I’ll be reminded of the 16 wonderful years I had with the college. Doing this little project now somehow secures my connection (at least for me it does).
I sized it small (6″x 6″) and printed the logo at work in Fredericton on my last morning there (Thursday Sept 3rd, 2015) with the intention of making it over my vacation. Technically my last day as an employee was not until Sept 25th so I knew I had three weeks to get it done. However, no need to procrastinate. I knew I would be going to Fredericton on my last day to return my Blackberry, laptop and keys and have a final exit meeting with my supervisor so I planned to give this sun catcher to Marilyn Luscombe, CEO and President of NBCC. She likes stained glass and has said so to me. She even has some in her office given to her by former college employees (Selkirk College)…and now she’ll have mine too 🙂
Searching for glass that was close to the NBCC colors was a challenge as the colors are unique to the brand. I did find remarkably close colors at Amber Stained Glass in Moncton. The glass selections are intricate and unique in their color patterns and surface textures (some wispy opalescent and some ring mottle). The hardest cut was the long slender White Y between the sky and river. I broke the first attempt trying to get the deep cut with the carbide cutter and pliers. I learned that lesson quickly and used the grinder for the deep curve on the second attempt.
Grinding took a Thursday morning and foiling in the evening while Monica and I enjoyed Netflix (afternoon was for walking across the SJ boardwalk to the uptown and back for exercise). Next day was soldering and I was finished. Not long at all but thoroughly enjoyed.