Uroboros Hand Rippled Sheet Glass
Our four styles of Fusion FX 90 ripples are Granite Ripple (a roughened ripple), Herringbone Granite Ripple (rough ripples with a zigzag or feathered pattern), Radium Ripple (the Radium ‘dot’ texture, rippled), and Fipple (the Fibroid ‘linear’ texture, rippled)
As with all textures, the ripples will typically melt flat during full fuse. However, iridized or dichroic coatings, or contrasting colored Frit powders in the cavities will all create dramatic effects that survive the fusing (or blowing) process. Or try fusing an irid ripple texture irid side down on a smooth kiln shelf…a great look and feel for dramatic tableware or tiles.
How do we make ripples? During the sheet-forming process, rotating the roller faster than its own forward travel causes the rippled effect. Imagine a car tire spinning up mud or gravel. The rapidly cooling and solidifying top and bottom surfaces of the sheet are forced to slide over one another using the still-fluid middle layer as a lubricant. The resulting texture quickly chills enough to permanently retain the ripple pattern. The Herringbone effect comes by sliding the roller back and forth in its bearings at the same time the ripples are being formed…definitely an acquired skill!
Concerned about cutting?
Although rough textured sheet glass is unavoidably harder to cut than smooth glass, Uroboros is proud of its reputation for the best cutting products in this class. To increase your success rate when cutting ripples: