Glue Chipping Glass With UV Light
The adhesive utilized for traditional glue chipping glass has remained the same since its inception: animal hide glue. The techniques required for successful chipping with animal hide glue have caused glue chipping to be viewed as more of an art than a process. Chipping with animal hide glue can take days to complete, and frequently contaminates the immediate environment with a fetid odor.
The introduction of Tangent’s Chip-In-Place technology offers glass artists and glass manufacturers an alternative to using animal hide glue for chipping glass. While similar in concept, the Chip-In-Place process offers huge advantages over animal hide glue. Chip-In-Place polymer is an easy and ready to use liquid polymer that is low in odor. It is a single component product therefore mixing is not required. The process of dispensing and curing with UV light takes only minutes to complete. Upon exposure to UV light, the polymer will cure and begin the chip-in-place process. A gel viscosity version of the polymer is available to process 3 dimensional objects such as vases, bowls, pitchers and sculptures. The possibilities are only limited by one’s imagination.
Although it has been the ultimate goal to transform glue chipping into a reproducible process, it is important to realize that each individual glass piece that is subjected to this process will be unique: no two pieces will ever be truly identical. This paper is presented as a means of guidance and to help users identify variables that will influence the results obtained with the Chip-In-Place process. The variables we identify in this paper should not be thought of singularly; the final chip pattern will be dependent upon the sum of the variables.