With just over 8 weeks to go till the exhibition at May Design Series begins, work is well underway designing new ways to improve the glass pieces so that they are more managable for the buyer. Pictured above it one of two wooden jig top mechanisms which will be used for the tops of the moulds and create indentations in the glass with a new geometric hole. It is hit or miss whether this option will work as I have never tried this before, and may end up looking a little ugly due to huge grooves in the top but only time will tell.
The top has been created using 12mm hardwood ply stacked on top of eachother and sections cut out. The hole in the top is larger than previous allowing space for the thickness of glass, and the top section of wood parts are held using screws which are placed on the outside of the mould area so they do not disrupt the process by creating indentations or chipping off the plaster which may catch on the blown glass. This is a very carefully thought out device, which will hopefully show a neat flat top that will support a welded metal mechanism which slides into the grooves.
The other jig top very similar to the first, except an enlarged circular hole, and a step on the inner circle which will allow an indent in the glass at the top of the neck where there is room for screws and fixings to hold the light fitting in place. The thought process behind this is from researching in to light fittings, and understanding that in order to create a successful fitting a lip must be in place. This may be too difficult at the glassblowing process due to being knocked of the punty iron and ending up with a very chipped edge. Without the right equipment of a torch and enough heat and time to manipulate the glass using tools, this could be impossible.
However, all three aspects of design will be trialed with the booked session of glass blowing on 4th April 2015 in the hope of success.
As for mould making, I have managed to use the only space in our garage to create a mini workshop which is now covered in plaster and buckets. Four moulds will have to be created due to them breaking down, and with this comes a hefty fee of raw materials and investments in equipment. The work is nearly there, and with lots of support behind the work it will soon be launched in to retail.