I thought it would be fun to show a view of me working with Jade, polishing the edge of Meteor Showers. Dan obliged me, taking this photo. I cropped it to show a better look at me dressed in a vinyl apron with rubber gloves. I'm more comfortable staying dry during the process, although I must admit that Jade doesn't really throw that much water as we're working. What this picture shows is I'm holding Meteor Showers, letting it rest on the grinding/polishing disc. Water is fed up through a hole in the center of the disc to keep things cool. Otherwise, thermal shock in the glass could occur due to heat build up and it could/would break. I rotate the piece and go back and forth from the center of the disc to the outside edge as I work my way around the edge. A video of the process would show this much better and I haven't worked out those details...I'll have to ask Dan to shoot a small video at some point so I can post it.
This photo shows how the edge looks after two of the different grinding stages as I'm smoothing out the scratches. I've revealed a few of the trapped air bubbles, but I've been told that's part of the unique hand made process.
As of yesterday, I finished 4 phases of the grinding (largest grit disc to smallest grit) and started to work on the final polish last night. In the final polish I use cerium oxide slurry, that I put on the buffing disc, to create the shiney edge.
It will take a few days to get that nice optical polished edged. I'm sure as I get better at it, the process will go faster. Once that is done, then I can do the final firing to slump each of the four pieces I've been working on, in their respective molds.