What’s vitragraph? I could not have adequately answered that question a few weeks ago. Of course now, I’m hooked on vitragraph.
We got a lesson in vitragraph in glass class this week and while our results weren’t great we loved doing it and have another session planned for next week.
Here’s how it went.
It’s a very fancy set up as you can see. In this particular one we stacked various shades of blue, green, clear and white glass circles in a flower pot with a hole in the bottom. The hole is the important part.
Once the pot is stable the vitragraph kiln is placed over it. This kiln doesn’t have a bottom.
Then we waited about an hour while the kiln heated to about 1500F degrees. Yep, it’s pretty toasty around there and notice that the table top is tile so it’s heat proof too. We couldn’t set this up on a wood table. People who set these kilns up permanently in a studio usually have them set above head height so that it's easier to pull the glass.
Once the glass starts to melt it will flow out of the bottom of the pot. We slid out the 2 center supports so that the glass could flow straight out under the pot. You can see from the lumps that we weren't so consistent with our pulls.
We used pliers or a clear glass rod to pull the glass. You have to learn how to control the pull to control the diameter of the rod. In this case we twisted the rods. We realized that we did not have enough clear and other light colors in the mix so these are turning out more solid color.
Here’s a cross section of the straight pulled rod so you can see there isn’t enough color variety. We have a pot set up for next week that should be much better.
At the end I decided to pull some loops and curves and bends. These can be fun to work with.
Of course I made a whole box of them!