Sunday, April 10, 2011
A ‘smashing’ good way to spend a Saturday…
The before, an 18” x 24” piece of tempered glass:
I bought a full piece rather than scavenging for tempered that was already broken. Even though you can often get it for free, it’s likely to be broken into such small bits that it’s hard to use if you have a large area to cover. And I don’t want to cover too much of the gold and silver leaf with grout, so I want some medium sized pieces.
And then the after:
Smacked with a hammer on the edge, it breaks beautifully all at once. I think it’s so cool that you can tell from the break pattern exactly where I hit it.
Rather than trying to transport the whole thing (a piece that size on cardboard is likely to end up on the floor on the way), I just took part of it on a separate piece of cardboard to the work table.
My friend Janet Skinner stopped in and took some pictures of me working on placing the tempered glass: