Posts Tagged ‘glass’

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What am I knitting?

June 13, 2018

Seattle-based artist Carol Milne fabricates flowing glass sculptures that mimic the delicate patterns of knit yarn. Contrary to the assumption that Milne has super-human ability to knit strands of molten glass by hand, the artist instead devised a somewhat complicated process that involves wax casting, mold-making, and kiln-casting.

 

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What am I sappy critter blogging?

March 4, 2016

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Ukrainian glass artist Nikita Drachuk of Glass Symphony creates all manner of glass spiders, octopi, and other critters by hand. He uses a method called lampworking, where a lamp or torch is used to melt rods of colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass can be formed by blowing and shaping with various tools and small movements. You can see more of their delicate glass critters here.

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I do lamp work.  This is hard.  And they break.

More at Colossal

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What am I knitting?

September 23, 2015

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I am amazed by these knitted glass objects by Carol Milne.

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When first contemplating these glass sculptures by Seattle-based artist Carol Milne, your imagination runs wild trying to figure out how she does it. Glass has a melting point of around 1,500°F (815°C), so how could it possibly manipulated into neatly organized yarn-like strands that are looped around knitting needles. The answer lies in a technique invented by Milne in 2006 that involves aspects of knitting, lost-wax casting, mold-making, and kiln-casting.

First, a model of the sculpture is made from wax which is then encased by a refractory mold material that can withstand extremely high temperatures. Next, hot steam is used to melt the wax, leaving behind an empty cavity in the shape of the artwork. Pieces of room temperature glass are then placed inside the mold which is then heated to 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of glass. Afterward, the piece is slowly cooled over a period of several weeks, followed by a careful excavation process, where Milne delicately chips away like an archaeologist to reveal the final piece.

The story is by Christopher Jobson at Colossal.

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What color is Monday?

March 4, 2013

How about all of them?

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For another perspective on color, see Zeitgeist in Design on the importance of colors in branding.

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What kind of bubble is this?

April 26, 2012

I’m talking about the Glass Bubble Project.  A Sunday morning event undertaken recently that culminated in the creation of this sun-catcher ornament.

I’ve done a couple of little workshops before and have a collection of glass paper weights to show for it.  The nice thing about glass is that it is so intrinsically beautiful that even the unskilled practitioner can come away with something lovely.  The instructors at the Glass Bubble are skillful and patient and, even though there was a crowd of people who had come to work that day, everyone was given ample time to create something great – even a six-year old.