Hand Rolled Drapery
Traditional uses of Drapery Glass
Drapery glass is made using a small diameter hand-held roller. Only the most skilled craftsmen can create usable draperies successfully. And even they occasionally get burned in the process! A hand held roller is manipulated in a violent but controlled fashion to produce heavy ripples at the same time as folding and creasing the entire sheet. Once the thick, ropey folds (or drapes) cool they rigidify permanently.
How am I supposed to cut Drapery glass? We thought you'd ask, so here's the deal:
Without a saw:
- Plan cuts somewhat outside your chosen line, and straighter than the final edge desired. This will improve your success rate when cutting, and to allow for grozing or grinding to exact size.
- Place the sheet (flatter side up) on a thick foam pad to evenly support the sheet.
- Using a standard glass cutter make your score on the flattest areas only. Don't use any more scoring pressure than you would for flat glass. You'll have to interrupt your cut to hop across the deeper valleys.
- Lift the sheet and tap the score line(s) from the bottom side. Tapping should be firm and crisp. Tap all the scored lines first, then go back and tap across the deep folds where there is no score line. You may have to tap quite firmly to get your score to run across the thickest areas.
- You'll be surprised how successful this technique once you've practiced for awhile.
With a diamond band saw:
- Plan your cut exactly alongside the line you would like, allowing space for the width of the saw blade, or ‘kerf’.
- Place sheet on saw with flattest side down. Follow the outside of your line and cut more slowly in the thicker areas.
- Pat yourself on your back for investing in a saw!