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13 November 2017
13
November
2017

Creating a kiln formed glass design.

 

What is kiln formed glass?

Kiln formed glass is a warm glass working technique. It is the process of taking a glass panel up to the temperature where it becomes soft and malleable. This causes it to slump down and pick up the texture of a mould it is placed over.

How is kiln formed glass created?

This timelapse video shows Daedalian Glass Studios Studio Technician, Lianne preparing a textured mould for use in this process. First a bed of fibre paper is laid on the kiln shelf, then a wooden frame is constructed to house the wet plaster mould. Finally, Lianne poured a refractory plaster mix onto the bed and created the textured surface during the time it took for the mould to set.

Once the mould had fully set, float glass was placed over the top and the kiln was fired. The result being a panel with one smooth surface and a highly textured surface on the other.

 

Float glass is laid on top of the plaster mould to create the kiln formed glass surface.
Float glass is laid on top of the plaster mould to create the kiln formed surface.

 

After firing, the kiln formed glass has taken on the design of the refractory plaster mould.
After firing the glass has taken on the design of the refractory plaster mould.

What will this kiln formed glass be used for?

These glass designs are part of the sampling stage for a kitchen design project. Daedalian Glass Studios will create glass counter tops to sit on top of bespoke kitchen units.

The technical challenge with these countertops is that the kiln formed design is too deep to be toughened. To ensure structural integrity, the kiln formed glass will therefore be laminated to a toughened glass panel.

Visit the Cambridge Associates project in our portfolio to view a completed installation featuring a similar style of kiln formed glass.

If you would be interested in discussing a project with Daedalian Glass Studios, call +44 (0)1253 702531 or email enquiries@daedalianglassstudios.com.