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glassblowing. the dull bits 
7th-Sep-2008 04:09 pm


 today let's discuss the less flashy and exciting parts of a glassworkers life. to the left you see the hour of cane i pulled. each one lovingly hand crafted, styled to a nordic design, and reeks bespoke minimalism. yeah. i've got the flu. sorry

canes hand pulled. cut to 50cm lengths (roughly ;) fused at 750°c. annealed.

 then i diamond sawed them up, laid them on a steel plate, heated bejusus out of them, pushed it into a rectangle, heated that up, picked it up on a collar, and here to the right, i'm fumbling putting the two edges of the rectangle together. it's hot at that range. 

 check out the funky patterning on the wonky cylinder tho. tres cool. go me.
hmm this is an interesting pic. how'd that slip in...

 then once the sides joined up, i rolled it back and forth on the steel table, the marver. it goes like this ->


 from above i, crimped the end in, sealed it over, blew it out, jacklined, made the walls straight, flattened the bum, and awaiting a punti (pontil) to come. the it gets sophi'd, opened, and put away.

exciting eh?

7th-Sep-2008 06:52 am (UTC)
Can I have one of those lovely peppermints, please, Mister?

: )
7th-Sep-2008 07:14 am (UTC)

will one of these do better?
7th-Sep-2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Ditto on the sudden craving for boiled lollies. :-)
7th-Sep-2008 10:18 am (UTC)
corr that looks cool
22nd-Sep-2008 06:07 am (UTC) - Lovin in
I have been a glass fan for years... think I was the first SCAer in Lochac to have their feasting gear be completely made of glass instead of wood or metal. Now I get to indulge my passion by finding lovely repro stuff all over Europe.

When I went to Murano, I figured out that if I were a rich girl I would have found a friend who wanted to make glass, payed their apprenticeship fees and accommodation for a couple of years in return for them making me a dinner set. I got to go into the back back back gallery of one of the blowers (once they found out I had a real interest and knowledge of renaissance glass) where I saw a very lovely dinner set which only cost 9000 euros per setting. one plate, one bowl, a side plate and 4 glasses. The nice man said he would do me a deal - 50,000 euro for a setting for 6. Thats only around $87,000. Wouldn't you spit if you dropped a piece!
22nd-Sep-2008 07:25 am (UTC) - Re: Lovin in
when i get such skilz, i'll let you know, and only charge you $43,000. half price ;)
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