You can use stringers for glass weaving. This method of using stringers looks fantastic as a weave. Make sure all your stringers have the same COE.
Weaving glass stringers can be used to construct intricate patterns that simulate the appearance of fabric. These long glass strings can then be used alone or along with other pieces.
Encasing a layer of colored stringers in several layers of clear stringers can create a visual woven texture that has the appearance of woven glass fabric.
Stringers are thin pieces of glass that look like spaghetti. Most stringers are made by pulling strings from a molten piece of glass, and are used for three dimensional fused projects.
Each of the tubes will cover approximately 1.5 square feet if laid out flat. The problem with using glass stringers is the cost. A tube of glass stringers cost almost $23. This will give you about 45 17”pieces of glass. You are going to want to make your piece about 4 layers thick.
If you are able to make your own stringers, you could save a lot of money. But, making stringers is not that easy, especially if you are not familiar with using a hot torch. The resulting stringer won't be as perfectly formed as purchased stringers.
But, for those who can’t make their own stringers it would be expensive to work with these pieces if you are planning on making a lot of items to sell. It can take about six tubes of these stringers just to make a piece that is about 17-18 inches square.
Because stringers are round in shape, it makes the task of weaving them a lot harder than flat pieces of glass. It takes time and patience to lay out the stringers. These glass pieces need to be arranged in rows.
You can use glass glue to keep them in place as you work. They have a tendency to roll around while preparing and firing. Some people actually glue them to paper or kiln paper to help fuse them into place.
If you want to maintain the texture and appearance of the individual strings, you will need to fire to just a low tack fuse. Fire quickly to around 1250 degrees Fahrenheit, and then increase your temperature slowly. This is a delicate firing, so watch closely as the temperature approaches 1300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Because of how thin and fragile these rods are, they need to be watched closely. Just as you see the tops starting to sag a little, start cooling down your kiln.
If slumping this weaved piece into or over a mold, you will need to treat it very gently. It is a fragile piece of glass and needs to be slumped at a slow rate. Take about two hours to reach around 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Then increase your temperature slowly until you reach the slumping stage.
By experimenting with different construction techniques you can achieve a variety of glass fabric results. Stringers for glass weaving can be stacked and fused into pattern bars. These bars can then be sliced and assembled in different patterns for even more amazing results.
Experiment with stringers for glass weaving to develop unique and intricate designs in your fused glass pieces.
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