In these two images, the first is the effect we are looking for and the second is when Chris' hands are place near the points on the antlers.
First time working out of the kiln, and working with Chris Ahalt, who came to Pittsburgh Glass Center to teach a summer intensive course in flameworking called “Shaping Reality: Hollow Sculpting in the Flame”.
Oven pumping in the process of Plasma replaces the process known as Bombarding in Neon (aka Traditional Neon or Sign making), where the high voltage electricity is passed through the glass to head both the tube and process the electrodes, releasing impurities and water inside the glass, as well as aiding in evacuating the tubing that would have two electrodes. In plasma, we may also have two, but it’s more common to have one electrode or none. Bombarding is a serious process required many safety measures, respect, and knowledge, therefore it will not be implemented at Pittsburgh Glass Center for safety, which explains the use of the kiln or oven method to heat the glass for the same purpose.
There's so much more to learn, as I grow we’ll be able to see more possibilities available to use in both Neon and Plasma.
Thank you for the opportunity,
Percy Echols II
Sorcerer Apprentice ⚡
Image: Return to Hieroglyphs by James Akers
Taming Lightning is an educational blog and podcast about the art, Science, and History of Plasma and Neon Light through interviews, discussions, and collaborations with Artists, Makers, and Researchers.