Thorsen House Cabinet #13: Making headway on the glass work....

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Blog entry by EläväPuu posted 05-10-2015 04:59 PM 1774 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while since I’ve updated with progress, so here’s a minor update. The last couple of weeks have been spent finessing the cabinet with tons of sanding and re-waxing. Everything is going wonderfully on that side of things as long as we ignore the tired aching hands! The last couple of weekends have been spent doing the Tiffany-type glasswork.

We chose a Verrerie de Saint-Just clear textured glass (which we believe is now discontinued) complimented by a relatively simple Spectrum wispy smoked glass. Normally we don’t like Spectrum on the basis of it being too regular and obviously machine-made. We refer Youghiogheny for lighting, Uroboros for textures, etc. It just so turned out that this particular model was ideal for this application, as long as we avoided purchasing parts of the sheet with heavy linear streaking.

Our approach to the foiling was to run a pair of 1/4” black-backed lines overlapping in the centre of the edges. This allows plenty of excess foil to be cut back by hand to produce more complex line work. The black backing tends to stick to the glass after you cut it back which cleans off with a little alcohol. After defining the front lining, the same is carefully transferred to the back so neither side has obvious “overruns” visible through the glass.

The lead lines themselves are immensely heavy. As heavy as the foil will support without the solder bursting out onto the glass. The texturing technique is about the only secret I’ll keep to myself! After patinating the lead, the texture was highlighted by buffing it out with steel wool and beeswax.

The completed glazing panels are held in place with a series of 5mm x 6mm Birch glazing bars pinned into place. Because of the fine nature of the glazing bars, the pin locations were pre-drilled with a 1mm drill bit to prevent splitting.

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 05:54 PM

Beautiful. What more is there to say. Very nice work!

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 06:52 PM

Thanks Charlie, I genuinely appreciate that! It’s gratifying that despite our relative inexperience, the work is receiving positive commentary. Perhaps whilst we’re working on the next panels, I’ll take a few photos of the process itself to feed this back into the public circle.

- Carl

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