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Great Stuff at the V&A

06 February 2018 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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I’ve just come back from London, where I  went to the Victoria & Albert Museum for the first time in years. I went with a friend to see the Balenciaga retrospective, and stayed to see the Women’s Hour Craftsperson prize and Opera:Passion Power & Politics.  The Balenciaga was fun (I never realised how much he […]

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How It Is (Part 1) by Gare St Lazare

06 February 2018 Posted By : admin 1 Comments
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Gare St Lazare have adapted this Beckett Novel for the stage.  Not being familiar with it I did a quick wikipedia search and the description made my heart sink.  Part 1-  man crawls through the mud, Part 2 – he meets someone- that person leaves, Part 3- man crawls through the mud again. Text written […]

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Testing the breakaway glass pane

04 January 2018 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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The moment of truth! Various methods of embedding a nylon monofilament into the breakaway glass – one test comes out trumps. The glass had to be broken remotely. 

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De-molding a pane of breakaway glass

04 January 2018 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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Once the breakaway glass pane has cooled for about 30mins to an hour, you can remove it from the mold.  This takes two people and careful support under the pane.  The colder the pane, the more brittle it is.

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Chasing bubbles out of Breakaway Glass

04 January 2018 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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The molten breakaway glass is full of gas bubbles, which makes the finished  look cloudy.  You can remove some of these by chasing them out with a heat gun.

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Casting Breakaway Glass

04 January 2018 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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When the breakaway glass has reached 150c, get your heated silicone mold, lay it on a perfectly level surface, and pour the liquid steadily and evenly, keeping the pour moving.  Then immediately, start to chase away the bubbles with a heat gun. 

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Melting Breakaway Glass.

05 December 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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I tried various methods of melting Beakaway glass.  Flints recommend melting it in one saucepan suspended over another, without water between, rather like a dry bain-marie.  I don’t know the reason for this, but it didn’t work for me, nor for others I’ve asked.  I found that the most efficient way to melt it was […]

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Breakaway glass suppliers

30 November 2017 Posted By : admin 1 Comments
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I found that the suppliers of the meltable breakaway glass had a very rudimentary idea of how to use the stuff, so I’m posting a guide here.  The material is bought in from the UK.  Flints http://www.flints.co.uk/content  were between suppliers of the breakaway glass, and have a tortuous non-system for selling outside of the UK, so […]

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Making silicone molds

30 November 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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These are the molds that I made for Gare St Lazare’s breakaway glass panels.  The acrylic panels were the positives, and the molds were supported on panels of heavy chipboard.  I used 2 kinds of silicone rubber- the red, which is suitable for repeated hot castings, but is thick and less pliable, and the standard […]

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The Second Violinist – Landmark Productions

16 October 2017 Posted By : admin 0 Comments
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This was a gripping new opera, and fabulous set by Jamie Vartan, and libretto by Enda Walsh.  Like the set for Neon Western , it had various different zones and locations, stretched taught between one end of the stage and the other, but unlike the different zones in Neon Western , this felt very coherent, […]

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