Carving Float Glass to Create Texture

In an earlier article we talked about using recycled textured glass in artwork. There are also other ways to get a texture in your artwork. Carving the raw glass with a variety of diamond bits is an effective way to get a variety of texture.

These pieces were all carved using raw 3/8″ stock (broken table tops) and then slumped very slowly to 1385 degrees F. The slumping firing also fire polished the carvings for a more finished look. The texture was dictated by the shape of the bits that I was using.

diamond carving bits

I use a flex-shaft tool, similar to a dremel, in conjunction with a water feed to carve. The photo below is the water feed set up, I use very small surgical tubing and use gravity to pull the water down the tube (you need a small syringe or dropper to suck the air out of the tube and get the drip started). The water drips down the tube and I can position it just above where I am carving. The second tube, to the right, is doing the same exact thing, but using gravity to pull the water from the tray into a waste bucket. Even further off to the right is the GFI where I plug in the flex-shaft. If you are using electricity and water, you should also use a GFI.

Carving Water Feed Set Up

This piece is 3/8″ thick recycled float glass, carved with a disc shaped bit:

Thick Disk Diamond Bit for Carving
Thick Disk Diamond Bit for Carving

This piece is also 3/8″ thick recycled float, two different bits were used to make this texture:

Carved Recycled Glass Vessel
Carved Recycled Glass Vessel
Double Groove and Round End Bit for Carving
Double Groove and Round End Bit for Carving

This one is one of my own personal favorites. This was carved with a drop shaped bit:

Carved Modern Recycled Glass Vessel "Rainslip"
Carved Modern Recycled Glass Vessel “Rainslip”
Drop shaped diamond bit for carving
Drop shaped diamond bit for carving

This piece also used two bits for texture:

Carved Recycled Glass Triangle
Carved Recycled Glass Triangle
Cup shaped and Double Groove Diamond Bits for Carving
Cup shaped and Double Groove Diamond Bits for Carving

This piece is 3/8″ thick recycled table top. The bit used for carving this one is a thin disk:

Carved Recycled Glass Vessel - Bronze
Carved Recycled Glass Vessel – Bronze
Thin Disk diamond bit for carving
Thin Disk diamond bit for carving

 

And, finally, another recycled table top piece with a carved herringbone pattern (also known as tire tracks.) This one used a thin round end bit.

Carved Recycled Glass Herringbone Plate
Carved Recycled Glass Herringbone Plate

 

Small round end diamond bit for carving.
Small round end diamond bit for carving.

Related Articles:

Carved Float Glass Tree Sculpture

Engraving on Float Glass

Fusing with Thick Tempered Glass

 

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