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messy mould failure 
17th-Oct-2008 08:28 am
  this is what happens when things go bad. an honour student's disaster. these moulds had 35kg of glass in each of them. they had just finished a 4 week annealing cycle
 .notice how the mould broke on the corners of the outside walls (pretty much exclusively) and how the inner plaster wall has simply given way to the hydro static pressure. the interface between the two walls was poor, and no adhesion had taken place. wire was also not used, which would have given much more stability to the entire structure.

(this is cool)
 
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19th-Oct-2008 05:42 am (UTC)
I assume from your tone that these aren't your amazing exploding moulds? They do seem to show how not to do it!
19th-Oct-2008 08:12 am (UTC)
We saw you today, at the glassworks :)

I wanna come and make a little birdie.
19th-Oct-2008 08:43 am (UTC)
and you didn't say hi! boo. was i bored ?
19th-Oct-2008 08:44 am (UTC)
You were helping someone make a paperweight, while us, the plebs, watched :)

Next time, gadget.
19th-Oct-2008 10:10 am (UTC)
that is the job.. hmmmm.
19th-Oct-2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Cracks me up that you find this cool. Most people would freak out and get really mad (perhaps the grad student didn't think it was so cool?) that the project failed. Your optimism is refreshing. :)

Love the pics, btw. I'm all the way in Washington State, USA and you make me feel like I'm right there! :)
19th-Oct-2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
glad you like the pics.

glad you find them interesting. no the student didn't find this as amusing as i. *shrug* it's a great example of how things can go bad, and kinda stunning in it's own way. pain in the arse to clean up and fix the kiln though ( ~$1000 worth to repair the bricks and elements that got glass on them)

oh well. there's still 3 wweks till assessment, it'll be interesting to see what this student produces as a new body of work.
19th-Oct-2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
To start fresh with only 3 weeks to go will be a challenge...but then, that's what they're there for, right? :)

I know what you mean about the problems being interesting in their own way. Some of my greatest work has been the result of original plans gone awry! :)
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