Jen Stark got to explore a new medium for our latest collaboration. Jen's Dichroic Mandala is a glass sculpture made using the unique material called Dichroic. This material gives the sculpture its special effect by shifting in both colour and translucency based on the direction of the light source.
At the glass foundry mineral oxides and metallic compounds are first mixed to produce coloured sheet glass. The molten glass is then dispensed from the furnace and rolled between 2 steel rollers to produce a sheet. The sheet is then annealed and cooled slowly to room temperature.
The sheets are then coated in Dichroic. This process involves depositing many thin layers of metal oxides and heating the glass while inside a vacuum chamber. This process is referred to as Physical Vapor Deposition.
Once the sheets are coated they are ready to be cut into shape. The glass gets cut with a waterjet which uses a mixture of high pressure water and garnet. The pieces are then cleaned and assembled into the final design with the alternating rainbow and dichroic pattern.
Now the full glass assembly gets loaded into the kiln which gets heated to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. This is where all the individual pieces melt and bond together. Once the glass is cooled, the artwork is removed from the kiln and is complete.
You can find the full edition details here: https://avantarte.com/products/dichroic-mandala
@acc_22ddcjJZLQ8MLIrq13wclUBr8Ba How long does the whole process take? And is each one different in color (based on the left photo)?
4 months ago·
It actually take 4 months to make them from start to finish. And each one does have a different colour order but all with the same colours 🌈
4 months ago·