Glass artwork refers to unique artistic works of art which are either significantly or virtually made entirely of glass. It ranges from large-scale miniatures and huge installation pieces, right down to small wall hangings and delicate glass jewelry, to unique pieces made at home and in factories, such as glass jewelry and decorative items. Glass artwork is not solely limited to being made into table and wall decoration. Some people enjoy collecting glass art as an investment and even use it as a way of making a living by selling it to companies and private collectors. If you’re interested in making a career out of glass artwork, here are some tips to get you started:
– Have a basic working knowledge of glassmaking. Familiarize yourself with the various types of glass, including the various processes for making each type. Glass making technologies such as resin-based inks and high pressure processing methods can be confusing, so it helps to have an idea of the different processes through which glass is crafted. You’ll also need to know about different glass manufacturing processes such as blowing, sanding, and stamping, as well as different ways of working with glass such as winding, coiling, bonding and pressing.
– Acquaint yourself with common techniques for making glass sculptures. One of the most common methods of glass creation is known as hot gas glass blowing. This involves blowing molten glass to form a wide array of figurines and decorative pieces, and can be an extremely enjoyable hobby. If you are interested in trying glass blowing, then you should also be aware that there are a number of safety considerations which must be kept in mind.
– Be a regular user of a glass cleaner. Regular use of a glass cleaner will help maintain the luster and clarity of your glass artwork. When cleaning the glass pieces, always work from the edges to avoid scratching or even leaving streaks on the surface. To add to this, always work in the direction of the artwork’s weight, and be sure not to apply too much pressure when removing the dirt particles from the surface of the pieces. After you are done cleaning the glass pieces, always make sure to allow them to air dry completely before you store them.
– Proper storage is important. Do not keep glass artwork under extreme conditions, such as extreme cold temperatures. Extreme heat can cause the art glass to crack, and even melt. Always wrap the glass artwork in a soft, protective material, such as silk or a soft cloth before storing it. It would also help if you wrap the piece in acid free tissue paper and leave the frame open.
Glass Artwork for Your Home
– Art deco lamps work great for illuminating glass sculptures while adding a touch of class to your home. These lamps make wonderful conversation pieces as they naturally sparkle under the lamp’s light. If you plan to purchase an art deco lamp, make sure that the base of the lamp can withstand heat. Some art deco lamps are made using lead so keep this in mind when purchasing.
– A very unique yet elegant way to decorate with glass pieces is by painting them. There are different types of paint available depending on the type of glass that you are working with. The traditional technique was to only paint on the top layer, which is usually called the clear coat, of the glass. However, there are glass artists who create pieces that only require a first layer of blue glass, called the smalti, then paint on top of it.
– To further improve the appearance of your glass studio, you can add cushions to the chairs and tables. This will allow your furniture to have a more modern look, without taking away from the original pieces. Aside from making the atmosphere more pleasant, your pieces will definitely stand out among the other furniture in your home. These are just a few of the many advantages of having your own glass studio.