Diverse methods used in the making of glass art for sculpting

When it comes to the current world of fast moving and quickly developing industries, the world of art is no different too. From Da Vinci to very modern artists making their debut, the diversity of art making varies incredibly all around the world. Sculptors made of glass has become quite a trend in the world as of now and its common to see a lot of young adults engage in this sculpting side of art.

Though it sounds particularly easy, it is not so. The sculpting might not be that hard to do once you have a hold on it, but making the glass for sculpting is a whole different story.

Etching Glass

 This is when glass is made by “etching” away at the surface. This procedure is more commonly identified as frosting of glass as well. There are two main forms of etching glass. They are; acid etching and sandblasted glass. Sand blasting in Sydney is when a rough or hard blast medium selected for its specific use is blasted at a surface with hot, steamy air. Acid etching is when a certain form of acid like hydrofluoric acid is applied on a surface. Usually, acid etching could be a bit dangerous than sand blasted glass.

Use of flame works

This is mainly used in “lamp working” Usually, pre – produced borosilicate glass is molded into tubes or rods. These glass tubes and rods made of borosilicate are then melted under high heat using machines such as a bench torch. In this category of glass, hot metal spray is also seen to be used. This type of glass art is mainly and more widely used in the making of jewelry items, delicate ornamental items or even small glass figurines to be sold. The reason that borosilicate glass is used ere is because it can withstand high temperatures without cracking or giving away which makes flame works very popular.

Warm Glass

This is a process that involves the melting of glass in a kiln or an oven under very high temperatures. When it comes to warm glass, there are two most common methods known as slumping glass or fused glass. Slumping glass happens when a sheet of glass is heated in a kiln around 1200 to 1400 degrees Celsius, which is just enough for the glass to bent or slightly move and then is placed in a mold. Fused glass is placed in higher temperatures like 1400 – 1600 degrees Celsius and sheets of glass are usually melted together to fuse. This method is a very popular form of glass art.