The idea is simple: melt glass thru the screen and the right balance of clear and color will create chaotic patterns in the finished puddle of glass. I have hundreds of pounds of scrap glass accumulating and this screen melt system could be a way of transforming it into beautiful art.
Here's what I've been doing in my kiln experiments...
- first I weigh out the glass so that the scrap used will equal the volume I want in the finished puddle (I have been using about 800grams to make a 9"plate)
- then I transfer this scrap onto the screen in the kiln (I have prepped the screen by laying fiber blanket against the steel of the form that the glass melts into and along the kiln shelf (so that final puddle will not stick to anything)
- then I melt the glass, using a program that cooks the glass at 1600degrees Fahrenheit
- once its cold and cleaned off the scrap has transformed into a puddle!
Here are my first three melts, I think they are beautiful.