"Queen of the Knit"
Carol Milne wearing her Glass, ribbon & LED costume
"Queen of the Knit" video
This knitted glass costume, created by artist Carol Milne, was made to resemble entrelac knitting. It was made specially for the Glass Art Society "Glass Fashion show" (the brain child of Laura Donefer) in Corning, New York on June 11, 2016. Made of cast Gaffer Glass. The model is Kait Rhoads.
First attempt at Entrelac glass
This was round one in entrelac knitting. When I decided I would attach the pieces with zip ties, I redesigned my prototype, so the zip ties would be "invisible" - behind the knitting, and so the pieces were slightly lighter and smaller.
Cutting foam core pattern pieces
Foam core was used to make a mock-up pattern. It's inflexible, like glass, but not fragile.
Foam core strips
Neckpiece and wasteband mock-up
Pouring wax bases
A silicone mold was used for the base, apple core, shape to ensure the pieces were identical and would all fit together.
Hand knitted wax
Each entrelac piece is knitted individually in wax
Soldering and shaping
Each piece is shaped over a silicone form. And the stitches are all soldered with molten wax to keep them in place.
Entrelac in wax
The knit piece is soldered onto the apple core shaped base
The knitted piece needs to be soldered onto the frame on all sides.
Attaching a sprue (exit point for wax and entry point for glass) onto the entrelac form.
Attached to a reservoir
Two on a reservoir
Multiple wax entrelac pieces
A flock of entrelac waxes set up three per reservoir - before making molds around the pieces.
Molds in kiln
Multiple entrelac molds in the kiln, with glass sitting in pots above them, waiting to be melted in.
Entrelac pieces in molds
The glass has melted into the molds.
Entrelac glass emerges
Breaking away the mold material to reveal the entrelac glass pieces inside.
LED lighting tests
Playing with color settings on the LED arduino controller
Laura Donefer's Crazy Corning Glass Fashion Show
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Glass Art Society's Glass Fashion Show 2016
I was invited to create a Glass outfit for the Glass Art Society's annual conference in Corning, NY. The Glass Fashion show took place on June 11, 2016. These are some photos of the design development and work in progress.