Turning Archive

Float Glass *PIC*

Steve Criscenzo
It’s been a while since I posted here but I finished a fun piece today that I thought I would share.

A work assignment recently took me to the Marshall Islands. While there, I met a diver who collected glass spheres that were once used as floats for fishing nets. I understand that the floats were hand blown usually out of recycled glass. I found a few that were relatively clear and purchased them without a real plan but thinking that it would be fun to incorporate in a turning. Here is the first attempt. The wood is Ash, stained and then rubbed with liming wax to highlight the grain. There is a small LED light in the center to illuminate the float from below. Overall height is about 16”. The sphere is about 4” diameter.

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