Saturday, April 3, 2010

Stain Glass Lamp Repair- Part 2

This is the conclusion of the March 31st post.

To this point I had a vague idea of what I was doing or at least a lot of advise. I had the glass cut to size, and my mold was made, now I had to slump it. As I said before there was no kiln at school, so I started calling around to glass shop in the area (Humboldt County has quite a few). I found a ceramic and glass studio and school where I could take a glass slumping class and use their kiln for my project. I found out in my class at Fire Arts Center, (, that the glass might slump further than I expected, so my mold was too small. However, instead of making a new one, we used a kiln fiber paper that you can form to your mold and it won't burn away in the high heat of the kiln.
(Here is the cut glass on the mold, placed for slumping.)
(The original glass is in the background, and the new in the foreground.)

The kiln fiber paper (shown here) acted as a little shelf, making the mold bigger. The glass was then laid on the mold and paper and slumped in the kiln. Different glass slump at different temperatures, which you can usually find out from the manufacturer of the glass.

Here is on of the two finished lamp panels. All that is left is to fit it back into the lamp shade. Even if the panel is not an exact fit, it can be ground to fit. The most important aspect of this project is that it be the correct curve for the shade. We will know is a few month when i return home and try it. Wish me luck!


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