|Project by savannah505||posted 12-01-2008 07:21 AM||2543 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
This is a piece I did long ago and recently pulled out of storage. Made with walnut on outer and inner frame, with blue stone laminate, and a mirror done in a process called glue chipping. This is a not often seen, type of glass work. The design area is taped off, and sand blasted, then an animal hide glue is applied and put in an oven at about 300 degrees. The glue does a fast cure, creating so much tension as it dries that it actually starts popping chips of glass off, it resembles a fern effect. It is a dangerous type of glass work, as the glass pops free at a fairly high velocity, and you wouldn’t want to be around it, needless to say the area and oven can have a lot of razor sharp glass shards. After this is done, the glass is silvered on the back with mirror coating. I have another one I will show soon, that is done in black maple and cobalt blue mirror, done in the same process, should be in a couple of days, maybe tomorrow. Merry Christmas to all.
-- Dan Wiggins