Updated: Aug 23, 2019
Shapes developed from drawing sketchbook down to final shapes used for the final dams
Played with sizings and chosen sizes cut in cardboard
Number of chosen shapes reduced further to final shape choices based on personal aesthetic
Playing with different depths of shape to work out what the glass melt depths will be.
Circumferences and volumes worked out
Hardwood formers made to help shape the metal
Formers are 100mm widest as dams will be 80mm to allow for flexibility with melt sizes
Metal is 0.9mm Stainless steel. Using a 'metal bender' to help form the necessary curves. used a spare piece for practicing before starting on the final shape
Welding practice done before attempting on final piece
because metal is so thin, there is a lot of work due to the heat, and very easy to burn through
Dam ready for casting
Next stage of dam making is dividing the other dams up to make it easier to bend them as all the other shapes are a wee bit more complicated.