The moulds used in the kiln forming process are custom created by Daedalian Glass Studios – These can be designed as per clients design brief.
Kiln Formed Glass
- Kiln forming is a glass working technique that relies on the combination of heat and gravity. It is similar to slumping except the moulds do not have the design depth associated with slumped glass. Float glass (flat glass) is placed over a mould then heated in a kiln until it turns malleable. The glass then takes on the surface texture of the mould on one side.
- Kiln formed glass is also known as kiln textured glass.
- Etched glass is created by making small abrasions in the surface of glass. These abrasions can be made by various tools such as a sandblasting machine or a hand held flex drive – creating a frosted effect on the glass surface.
- These frosted panels can use the positive space (the frosted areas) or the negative space (the gaps between frosted areas) to form intricate patterns and designs – detailed pictures can even be reproduced through etching on the surface of glass.
- Etching processes utilised by Daedalian Glass Studios include sandblasting (sandblasted glass), engraving with a drill (engraved glass), glue chipping (glue chipped glass), and water jet scoring.
- Etched glass is also known as frosted glass.
- Painting on glass differs from traditional canvas or paper as glass is non-absorbent. The paint is therefore placed on the surface via the paintbrush and texture is created by building up thicker outward layers of paint rather than a thicker inward soak into a porous canvas or paper.
- Glass paint is created by mixing ground up or powdered clear glass with pigmented paint. The purpose of the ground up / powdered glass is that once painted on to the surface of a glass panel, this can be kiln fired – causing the glass powders to fuse with the glass panel and make the painted design permanent.
- Back painted glass refers to glass that is painted on the rear face. The paint is therefore viewed in reverse through the glass. The advantage of this over a painting on canvas or paper is that the glass protects the artwork from physical damage or fading.