Tanner Bldg. Rake Cast Glass

23 09 2010

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This design was created simply by raking the sand with a rake.  Being creative types, we chose to name this glass Rake.  Hope you enjoy.  The location of the Tanner Building is at the City Creek Development south of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Cast Glass in the Blue Lemon

23 06 2010

Here are some pictures of the cast glass we did in the Blue Lemon restaurant in the City Creek Development across the street from Temple Square in downtown Salt lake.  We also installed the glass railings and vestibule in this building.

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History of Cast Glass

30 04 2010

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The process of casting glass begun in 1983 when an old man who was hard of seeing thought he was baking a loaf of bread but in reality he had placed a glass gravy dish on the oven rack. For some reason he set the oven to 1300 degrees and by the time he took it out of the oven the glass had slumped over the metal rack and made quite a cool looking base. Sad to say, the man chipped his tooth on the glass and the secret of glass casting has been lost until today.

The process we use is a little bit different than what they did in 1983. We use a giant kiln, that can fit glass pieces as big as 4’ x 8’. The base of the kiln is covered with sand. We either stamp the sand with the pattern desired for the final product, or draw the design in the sand by hand. Then place the glass ever so carefully on top of the sand, being sure not to disrupt the pattern. Then the kiln is heated to a secret temperature (1300-1400 degrees) for a secret amount of time (1-3 hours) then cooled for a secret amount of time (6-8 hours.) During this heating process the glass slumps down into the design in the sand, giving it an amazing new look. The glass is cooled and annealed. After that the glass can be tempered for safety or left if you aren’t feeling the need to protect your family from large shards of broken glass from a misguided kickball.

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Gast Class

30 04 2010

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Glass Images & Creations is proud to present our new line of Cast Glass called, get ready for this, Class Gast.  We might not have settled on a name for the product line yet, but our kiln is up and firing.