Kiln Formed Glass Art by Connie Gates--Handmade in the Pacific Northwest

Edge Construction

Lately, I’ve been intrigued with a process called edge construction.  This is where glass pieces are cut into 3/8 ” strips and then placed on edge for design, rather than using flat pieces.  The final piece is then dammed and held in place with kiln furniture to keep the shape from deforming. I found this process to be very tedious in nature and the glass cuts have to be almost completely precise for the design to work out the way you want.  Since I have limited resources and pretty much make do with what I have on hand—i.e., old worn out tile saw, homemade kiln furniture, etc. etc., this piece took longer to complete than I had anticipated. In spite of that, I am quite pleased with the result.


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