Friday, August 18, 2017

Revealing Images

Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?

Here, by “revealing” I’m referring to the use of negative space between glass pieces to create the focal imagery. It calls for simple designs and therefore simple construction, but adds a certain elegance to an image that might otherwise seem unimaginative. 

These are reflective pieces that use opaque glass and therefore call for an extra step -- creating a paper pattern. I use manila folder stock for this. With a light table I can trace from my printed pattern onto the folder stock, and the material is sturdy enough to draw around when transferring the images onto glass. Then the pattern pieces can be stored in an envelope and labeled for future use.

If you find yourself wondering why, in this video, the adjacent seams healed and disappeared so nicely in the “blue bamboo” example, but remained visible in the others, the answer is edge-roll (or edge scarring) in the variegated glasses. Review the “Upscale Switch Plates” video for a detailed explanation (Glasshoppa Video Directory).

I have used some unique materials for the framing -- the frames themselves and the double-sided adhesive strips used for mounting the glass. Details on both of those can be found on the Project PDF.

Have fun with these! Maybe you'll find yourself looking at pictures differently in the future, wondering if they could be rendered “from the outside in!”


  1. Hi Jim. What a great demonstration using simplicity and negative space! Thank you for sharing your technique.
    After firing and cutting the perimeter with the tile saw, did you do any additional grinding or do a fire polish before mounting? The edges look so smooth!

    1. Normally, no, because the framing makes the edges moot. But this time I DID, because the projects were fraught with devit and surface blemishes. Glasshoppa patrons are treated to a video showing how both problems were alleviated and fire polished to perfection. See