This image shows the process just before the cold working stage. COLD WORKING is a term used to describe the polishing of the glass surface, this is done on a Linisher wet belt sander. Which has an abrasive belt and then is finished by hand using diamond hand pads.
This is a detailed image of the fused black and white strands. That have been placed into the pattern onto a kiln shelf and fuse together at temperature above 800 degree celsius in a glass kiln.
This image shows how the water jet cutter has cut one part of the design.
The sheet of opaque white glass has been placed on the water jet cutter which follows a CAD program that has run for more that 2 hours. Each strand has it s own unique shape and because of the way the pattern has been drawn. Each strand is cut from 6mm opaque white glass and the size is 50cm long and in its thinest part is around 5mm and very delicate.
This process will be repeated on a sheet of opaque Black glass. once the pieces have been cut each strand will need to be washed and cleaned to remove the sand that the cutter uses at high pressure to cut with water and cut a fine line around 1.5mm thick.
The Opaque white glass sheet.