Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Height of Dams

Dams can be of any height available, but if it is easy to adjust the height, you should consider the ease of working with the glass inside the dams and the possibility of anything falling off the dams onto the glass.

The dam should be higher than the glass in its un-fired state. It should be high enough to contain the moving glass should anything go wrong, so it cannot be the same height as the fibre paper liners – those being 3mm shorter than the glass is high. As a rule of thumb, when I have the choice, I would make the dams at least 6mm higher than the unfired glass. This allows you to handle the sheets of glass and any components without having to reach over high walls. It also ensures containment should anything go wrong.