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Making Iridized Glass Using stannous chloride fumes (Highly Toxic) (Advanced)
Glass Blowing:  Iridized Glass:  Informational: 
Making Iridized Glass Using stannous chloride fumes (Highly Toxic) This technique adds an iridized surface to glass similar to that used by Tiffany.Iridizing is normally used on glass blown art work. This technique is highly dangerous and should only be used with an understanding of the correct safety measures ...


Flask with Mold (All)
Glass Blowing:  Informational: 
Flask with Mold Glass blowing into a mold. Listen as curator Jane Shadel Spillman describes Flask with Mold produced by Stebbins and Stebbins. The manufacture and decoration of hand-blown tableware was a slow and costly process. Glassmakers soon sought ways to speed production and to decorate their wares more inexpensively. One way to do this was to blow the glass into a mold, which shaped the glass and decorated the surface in one operation. ...


Murrine Use (All)
Glass Slumping:  Glass Blowing:  Murrine:  Informational: 
Murrine Use Once murrine canes are cut into thin slices, they can be fused and slumped, flameworked, or blown. Here, murrine canes are used in demonstrations of a Roman-period process and a Renaissance Venetian process. ...


Core Forming (All)
Core Forming:  Informational: 
Core Forming This was the common method of making small glass vessels from around 1500 B.C. until the discovery of glassblowing. Dung, clay, and glass came together in a seemingly odd process that was indispensable for more than a millennium and a half. ...


Annealing and Tension in Glass (All)
Glass Annealing:  Informational: 
Annealing and Tension in Glass Hot-working processes used to form a glass object—glassblowing,glass casting,slumping and bead making for example—must be followed by a very gradual cooling period called annealing. See what happens when an object is not properly annealed and learn why it breaks. ...


Murrine Making (All)
Murrine:  Informational: 
Murrine Making A stout cane is drawn by alternately using different colored glasses, plunged into different shaped dip molds, to build up a variety of layers, and stretching the glass. When the cane is cut, the pattern is revealed at the cross-section. ...


Pressing into a Mold (All)
Pressed Glass:  Informational: 
Pressing into a Mold While the mechanization of pressing glass into a mold is a 19th-century American development, the basic process was known almost from the beginning of glassmaking. Here, the process is shown in its simplest form, using an open-faced mold and molten glass. ...


Cameo Glass Blank (All)
Cold Working Glass:  Cameo Glass:  Informational: 
Cameo Glass Blank Some of the first glassblowers working in Italy—perhaps as early as 30 B.C.—made blanks for craftspeople accustomed to decorating hardstone objects. The glassblowing process required two contrasting glasses, usually blue and white. ...


Vintage Art Glass - Free Form Planter - Blue Green & Amber Swirl Pattern (All)
Informational: 
Vintage Art Glass - Free Form Planter - Blue Green & Amber Swirl Pattern This planter kind of gives an ocean look. It has a mix of colors Blue, Green, Amber. The rim has a wave like design with a curling was like curl at the end. ...


Using Copper Tubing to Blow Glass (Intermediate)
Glass Blowing:  Informational: 
About 15 years ago, I developed a highly effective technique for successfully working glass on copper tubing. I had been looking for a way to add glass to my bed frame, and wondered if I could somehow put glass on metal. Since the coefficient of expansion of copper is 80% higher than that of glass, it appeared unlikely that it would be possible to “fit” glass and copper tubing. Through beginner’s naïveté, I was able to solve the problem (see Figure 2). I have been using this technique extensivel...


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