Lost In Glass - Gallery

Blue Glass   In this first image, the piece of glass is carefully selected for the Tor, this will be the sky area for the piece. There are many variations of glass that I use and this can depict various time of the day depending on the colour and the design running through the glass. The piece of glass chosen depicts the mid-day cloudiness of the mysterious place that is Glastonbury.
The other sheets of glass are then chosen, you can see a yellow piece in this image and if I was going to make a more complex Tor, I would also add in a sun and maybe cut the blue and white into rays from the sun but some pieces look amazing with the sunlight coming through them as a complete piece.  
Blue Cut   The first cut is made along the length of the sheet of glass to the required width. A drawn template of the finished creation is used during the cutting process and followed throughout, to ensure that the piece is made to perfection. A lot of accuracy and precision is takenover the cutting process.
The curves that are needed in any piece are carefully cut by freehand following the lines of the template. After the freehand cut, the edges are ground on a glass grinder to ensure all edges are smooth.  
Cutting Curve
Grinder   Here the very careful grinding process takes place. Not every piece of glass needs to be ground, but especially pieces that are curved have some depth of grinding to remove any rough edges. This makes sure that every piece fits together pefectly after is has all been cut.
Here the piece of glass for the sky has been cut into shape. Very little grinding is necessary as the first cut using the glass cutter is very precise. Each piece is offered up to the template to make sure all is perfect.  
Green   Every piece of glass that makes up the grassy hill of the tor has been cut by hand and the edges have been ground ready for the copper foiling process.
The pieces of cut glass are then assembled together as per the template to ensure they all fit together perfectly. The pieces character starts to take shape at this point and it is very easy to see the combinations of textures and colours thats make up the creation.  
Glass Cut
All Cut   Here is the glass completely cut and ground ready for copper foiling. A lot of time is taken to ensure that the glass is clean and scratch free during this first part of the process and throughout.
Copper foil is applied to each separate piece of glass where the solder is intended to run. Each length of copper foil is placed around the cut edge of the glass and smoothed out carefully.  
Copper Foil Application
Copper Foiled   Here the Copper Foiling process is complete and is ready to be soldered. Each piece is carefully placed together and stabilised so there is no chance of movement during the soldering process.
Flux is brushed onto all of the copper foiled joints and this will ensure that the solder lines are smooth and adhere perfectly to the copper foil. Without the flux the solder would 'bead up' and the desired finish would not be achieved. Solder attaches very well to copper, but poorly to the various oxides of copper, which form quickly at soldering temperatures, so flux is needed.  
First Line Of Solder   Here the first line of solder is being applied, the technique used ensures that each solder line and joints where the solder lines cross are as even and as smooth as possible.
Here, the soldering of one side of is nearly complete. Then the process is repeated to the same quality on the reverse. Quality is not compromised just because it is the reverse of the piece.  
Being Leaded   The next stage is the lead came being applied. This finishes the piece perfectly and almost and in fact gives it a frame. The lead came is carefully chased around the edge and then cut to length at its join. The lead is very easy and supple to work with.
The lead is then smoothed and pressed around the piece to ensure that every raised edge of lead is softly pressed against the glass. Any imperfections show up very easily, so that is why the cutting and copper foiling must be perfect as if its not this will show beneath the lead after it has been smoothed.  
Soldering The Lead   The lead came join is then soldered. The actual glass after it has been soldered does not need the lead for it to be stable as the glass is held together very strongly with the solder process, but the lead came finished the piece perfectly.
After the lead came is all in place, small incisions are made into the edge and the hooks are put in place. Then these are soldered over to crate the perfect hook that will never detach  
Completely Assembled   Here the piece is progressing well, with the hooks attached, all soldered, and ready for the next process. A chain will be attached later ready for hanging, but at this stage there is still a lot of work to do. A lot of cleaning takes place to keep it dust and dirt free.
The Tor itself is then carefully placed, then full assembly is complete. Soldered and Leaded ready for the Patina to be applied.  
Ready For Chemical
Chemical Being Applied   This is the Patina being applied to the sollder and lead, giving the weathered and antique look. This is a permenant application to finish off the piece perfectly
This is the finished tor hung in my window. Fully cleaned and polished. These smaller images really dont do the piece justice, the glass used to create the sky has some amazing detail in it and the green that makes up the tor itself looks exactly like the grassy hill on a clear Glastonbury day.  
Finished Tor
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