Making a Base for Vertical Pieces?

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    Cat
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    Hi, all.

    I have a great idea for a sculptural piece that includes three vertical fused glass elements.  I’m thinking of a table sculpture–in other words, nothing huge.  Has anyone ever made a base for vertical pieces?  How is it done?

     

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    rgilbert
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    What kind of base are you thinking about? Is it to be incorporated  into the design or is it something that can be done separate?

    I know you can mold a three-dimensional piece and include a base easily enough. You can also blow such a piece as you’ve described where the glass cools enough to maintain its shape, but not enough to melt.  You can also carve (sandblast) to get a base. You can glue the base to the form. You can make a non-glass base (metal, wood, etc.) and adhere the two.

    A  friend makes the “vertical piece”, pours a mold around the glass to maintain the shape, then carves out the base in the mold and refires with additional glass for the base.

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