I am a planner! When we book a vacation, I love looking at maps, checking online for places to go, and asking friends for recommendations before we leave. It's great for me that stained glass usually requires a plan. I find it satisfying when I start a project and all the decisions have been made, the options have been sorted through and I get busy creating according to the plan. Last week, "Evil Ted" helped me begin my pattern for this lamp. But I soon realized, I wanted it to develop more organically. So I still used his idea of aluminum foil and duct tape to cover the mold but then I switched gears and started creating shapes directly on it. I divided the mold into sections and used scraps of paper to lay out a pattern, piece by piece. When I had a paper pattern piece I liked, I would cut a piece of glass to see if I still liked it. This technique is the opposite of how I usually approach a project so it feels a bit funny not to have a plan in place as I am beginning construction. But it's allowing me to move things around and make choices as I go. I have changed, discarded, and relocated many pieces already but it's starting to take shape. It's a fun, creative challenge to flip the way I usually work and hopefully the results will support the effort.