Monday, December 22, 2008

initial seatpan glass applied

A few layers of fiberglass later and this is what you see now. Compound corners were fairly tough to cover especially draping over a squared off edge. I always plan out the object to be glassed in facet sheets that approach the edge, but not overlapping it. I then cut strips that run the length of an edge to overlap the facets; it just seems to work out better this way since it's really hard to do both at once.

It also helps to always cut the fabric on a 45deg bias so that each strand is not bending at a full right angle across the edge. Imagine the glass fibers in the cloth moving diagonally across eachother in the ascii schematic below. The horizontal dashes would be the fold line. each strand thus bends a bit less than a full 90 degrees, see?

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