Make a Feathered Glass Sculpture

Discover a unique take on glass feathering — encasing the colors inside (instead of outside) a glass sculpture.

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13. Cool the piece to 1000 degrees F and drop water onto the jack line. Strike the metal punty with a heavy piece of wood so that the sculpture detaches from the rod. Rest the sculpture on a sheet of white fiber frax insulation, which will not stick to the glass.

14. Suit up in long Kevlar gloves and a face shield. With the protective gloves, pick the piece up and place into an annealing oven, which is holding at 900 degrees F. Allow the glass to cool to room temperature over a 24-hour period.

15. The glass sculpture is finished, but must be ground and polished to stand properly.

- Grind and polish the sculpture on a succession of diamond embedded pads. These magnetic pads are two feet in diameter and rest on a metal flat wheel.
- As the wheel spins, add water to lubricate the diamonds.
- The glass will need to be ground first on a coarse 80-grit wheel, then a 220-grit, all the way up to 675-grit.
- The last wheel is felt, to which cerium is added. This will polish the bottom to a clear finish.

16. Sign the feathered glass sculpture with a diamond Dremel bit.

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