Wall Panelling Installation

May 7, 2014

As of today, a total of 6 panels have already been fused, with 6 being fused in the larger kiln which will be ready to come out tomorrow. Using the larger kiln is a slight risk due to all my previous firings being in the small kilns and keeping at the same firing sequence. Due to the larger kiln having more space it means the temperature of the original firings will be increased by approximately 20 degrees. 

 

I have also managed to gain a smaller kiln where I have put 3 panels in to slump at a top temperature of 740 degrees at my perfected firing sequence. The 3D printed forms which have been cast from plaster and flint are starting to become very brittle and will probably not last very many more firings so it is important that for the next week I created as many forms in my silicone mould as possible. I have already created hunderds of objects which last atleast 3 - 4 firings, but since using the very first ones for the sample panels in the beginning it will definitely be wise to keep going and use the rest of the flint I have purchsed. 

 

The next use of the kilns will be to slump the rest of the panels results in 12 all together. If there is any more time for firings I hope to increase the amount of panels to as many as possible depending on who else needs to use the kilns. 20  panels will probably be impossible, but only due to other students needing the facillities.

 

As for wall fixings, the textured panels have got to be one of the most difficult pieces to hang, and because of wanting so many it will cost an too much to create with one acrylic wall fixing costing £10. Because of this, and still using the idea of using Epoxy glue to stick the fitting to the glass, I plan to create my own acrylic fixings by cutting strips of clear perspex and bending them using a heat strip. With the plastic having a slot cut out of it, this can then be placed on a screw which has been attached to the wall. I am hoping due to the pattern of the glass it will be very difficult to make out the plastic behind the transparent glass, and this way the cost of the fixings will be dramatically less.

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