Monday, August 13, 2007

Here is a studio shot of the door panel in progress. The glass is positioned horizontally on my work table, but will be installed so the grapes will hang normally, even artistically if you are being kind. You can see the difference in the shading of the clusters from one end to the other that is created by adding shading which is controlled by the textural changes of the surface of the glass. This panel is 18'' by 65'' , but this is only a partial image.
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Wine cabinet engraved glass grape vine

This is part one of a 3 piece set for a wine refrigerator/ wine cabinet. It was engraved with a diamond burred bit using a flexible shaft rotary tool. I am working with Franya Waide, Interior Designer, on a private residence. After the design was accepted, I presented several concept drawings and the measurements were made on site and the full size cartoon drawn. We then transferred the drawing to the 3/8'' glass which was covered with a 3M sandblast mask. We cut it out with an knife and sandblasted it to break the surface of the glass in the design. This is a real time saver. We use a fine grit aluminum oxide in our sandblast room. Then we remove the mask and I begin the finishing. I worked on this panel for at least ten hours with the engraving tool. It will be installed over the existing glass of the refrigerated wine cabinet. This is so it isn't going to have a negative effect on the cabinet temperature control. This piece is 22'' by 30''. This photo was taken in front of a black cloth before the set is complete. The top panel of the Grape vine is 22'' by 33'' on 3/8'' clear glass. It is engraved using the same methods.
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Engraved Mirror

I did this project by engraving on mirror with a flexible shaft tool with diamond bits. The commission was for 2 mirrors and this was the smaller of the two. (Total Commission was $8,7oo). The Victorian rose and fern motif was used on both. The sconce was installed over a drilled hole in the mirror. This work is very slow going and the sound of grinding on large piece of glass needs to be considered before taking on this type of work. No one wanted to be around while this was going on and all sorts of protection had to be worn. To design for carving , I work with scratch board or pastels on dark paper. I also looked at great work online being done by Moser in CZ. I would love to go there and work and live, but not enough to do it really. Besides I have too many fun things to work on here.