These intricate sculptures by Seattle based artist, Carol Milne are pure textural illusions fabricated in glass but made to look like knitted wool. Strands of glass are intertwined to form the beginnings of a garment and looped around a knitting needle, sometimes the sculptor even includes some uncanny human hands, which knits itself into existence. The creations knitted in glass seem beyond the bounds of possibility.
Influenced by the tedious lost wax method (which was the go-to-way of producing bronze sculptures in the Renaissance era) Milne first produces her sculpture in wax that is then encased in a hard material which is powerfully heat-resistant so that the wax can melt out using hot steam. This results in an empty cavity or mold for the pieces of room temperature glass to melt in at 1,400 to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of glass. It can then take up to several weeks for the glass to cool.
Finally, the artist must carefully chip and dust away to reveal her marvellous sculpture. A process definitely not recommended for the impatient!