Wednesday, 20 April 2011

It's been a while...

I am now developing work for my final show, most recently I've become obsessed with scaling everything up - my wrists are not thanking me!! Below are some images of a piece of work I firepolished recently. I have to be honest, it wasn't easy but it's tucked up in the kiln and I didn't drop it!!

Marvering a hot gather of molten glass on a punty iron, which I will use to pick my work up with

Picking the piece up on the punty from a toploader kiln

Inspecting to see if there is any fibre paper attached to the piece

A better photo of the piece before it was put in the lehr (a kiln which cools the glass slowly)

A rough estimate of the time it took to make this piece would be 25 minutes to blow the initial form, an evening to anneal the glass so it was safe to carve, 3 hours of diamond cutting and prepping the piece for firepolishing, followed by an evening to bring the piece up to temperature for firepolishing and then 10 minutes for firepolishing, and a final overnight annealing in the lehr!!

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