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Step 7:

After the glass cools down to room temperature I remove the fused glass tiles from the kiln, and prepare each one for coldworking.

Coldworking is a term used to describe grinding and shaping the glass to create a smooth, even texture. It is typically done by hand using water with tools that resemble sanding blocks but are really made from tiny chunks of diamonds.

Glass artists also use machines that use water and tiny chunks of diamonds to grind the the edges of the glass. This is done to create a smooth, rounded piece. I use a diamond lap grinder to smooth the edges of our glass products and prevent chipping of the finished piece.

Step 8:

Next, the fused & coldworked glass tiles are set onto ceramic molds inside one of my kilns to prepare for the next firing.

My ceramic molds are used to shape the glass into the products I sell. This is done in a kiln at 1200+ degrees over another 24 hour period until the glass is slowly cooled back down to room temperature.

The annealing or cooling phase takes many hours to bring the glass back to room temperature. A slow cooling phase is important to prevent thermal shock of the glass. This can cause the glass to break during the firing, ruining another days work. It is also important for the longevity of the glass.

I take pride in doing things right by spending the time necessary to ensure you receive the highest quality "Tie Dye Glass" products possible.