Prince Rupert Drawing

Prince Rupert’s Drops are tempered, tadpole-shaped drops of glass that are exceptionally strong due to opposing tensile and compressive forces. The tail of the drop, however, is thin enough to be broken easily. Doing so releases all the internal stress, exploding the drop into powder in an instant. This drawing was made by inking a Prince Rupert’s Drop to capture this transformational moment.

Glass and ink on paper  |  22” x 30”  |  2011