The idea of creating cold glass sculpture may seem difficult, but it is not. With the right materials and a little know-how, you can create stunning pieces that will have people asking “How did they do that?” This article will give you some tips to make cold glass sculptures.
1. Design your sculpture
The first step to creating a cold glass sculpture is to draw up the design that you’ve devised in your own mind or with help from others. You can create any design, so long as you don’t forget these three basic rules:
Keep the design centered along the vertical axis
Make sure it fits within the space allotted, whether indoors or outdoors
Maintain symmetry throughout
2. Purchase materials
Once you’ve figured out what kind of cold glass sculpture you would like to create, then comes designing and purchasing all of the materials needed for its construction. Some people choose to just use clear glass, while others will use colored glasses as well (especially if they are building an abstract piece). You can build your own cold glass work from scratch, purchasing the materials needed to assemble large pieces individually. This can be expensive and time-consuming, however. It’s much easier to purchase a pre-built frame or stand that you can mount your glass artwork onto for display purposes.
3. Cut and assemble the pieces of the sculpture
This step requires you to use some sort of cold glass cutter along with a metal straight edge so as to create clean lines in order to fit all of the cut pieces together properly. The best way to practice this skill is by cutting out several smaller pieces first just so that you have an idea of what not to do when it comes time for you to craft your artistry. It’s very important that your cuts are clean and straight, otherwise, your finished piece will look sloppy and unprofessional.
4. Choose a location for your sculpture to be displayed (indoors or outdoors)
There are several factors you must take into consideration when deciding where to place your cold glass artwork:
Where is the best lighting source in that particular area?
How high off of the ground is it? Will anyone trip on it in this location?
Is there any foot traffic in this area already and if so, how much?
You want to avoid placing anything directly in front of a doorway or another active walkway whenever possible. Just imagine having to tell people every day not to touch because they might break it with their feet; it gets old very fast.
5. Protect your work with glass cleaner, UV coating, or some other protective coating
Just like any other piece of art, your cold glass artwork is susceptible to dust and dirt particles which will cause unsightly smudges on the surface of the glass if left unprotected. This can be prevented by using things such as newspaper sheets around the base in order to prevent dirt particles from sticking to it in the first place. The second thing you want to protect it with is a high-quality UV coating that will keep harmful sunlight rays at bay so that your cold glass won’t fade in color over time due to exposure.
6. Enjoy your creation!
Now that you have done all of this hard work, it’s time to sit back and be proud of your finished cold glass artwork! However, you still need to make sure that it is properly cared for so as not to damage it when touched by curious onlookers.