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Karl
03-12-2013, 03:02 PM
I finally took the plunge and started making my own glassware. The experience gave me huge respect for process. I'm not making a Graham condenser any time soon.

This is me starting a seed bubble:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/karlcrosby/Glass%20Blowing/IMG_0642_zps518ad58e.jpg

A wonky mortar and pestle:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/karlcrosby/Glass%20Blowing/IMG_0785_zps1cbb5e9c.jpg

Failed attempt at an alembic:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/karlcrosby/Glass%20Blowing/IMG_0781_zpse2d4a29f.jpg

Small bubbly glasses:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/karlcrosby/Glass%20Blowing/IMG_0787_zpsdb9d8fd9.jpg

An attempt at a retort:

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h19/karlcrosby/Glass%20Blowing/IMG_0779_zpse033a185.jpg

I'd encourage anyone to try this out- it was super fun and addictive.

Illen A. Cluf
03-12-2013, 04:23 PM
I finally took the plunge and started making my own glassware. The experience gave me huge respect for process. I'm not making a Graham condenser any time soon.

I'd encourage anyone to try this out- it was super fun and addictive.

Not bad results for a first attempt! I'm not far behind. I inquired about a glass blowing course in my area a couple of weeks ago, and hope to sign up later this year.

Krisztian
03-12-2013, 05:20 PM
Excellent! Congratulations! That's something to be respected.

That's been in the back of my mind also, for some years now.

Karl
03-12-2013, 10:36 PM
Thank you Illen and Krisztian. I encourage you to do it- it is really addictive- all I could think about for days after was going back to practice until I could pull off something elegant. Lampwork, kiln slumping and pate verre are all things one can do with minimal equipment. Here is a video of someone my glass teacher works with. It really shows how glass moves.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNVgjtI84l4

Illen A. Cluf
03-12-2013, 11:40 PM
Here is a video of someone my glass teacher works with. It really shows how glass moves.


Thanks, Karl! That video really brings out the whole excitement of creativity as matter forms itself to the spontaneous imagination of the artist.

Illen

Salazius
03-13-2013, 03:19 PM
Hey, cool !! Nice attempts !! Just don't forget to add some borax in it :)

I tried once with my little crucible and grinded beers bottles, it turned white because of some calx of antimony present in the crucible. It melted ! Yes, not a big deal you would say, but actually I used a flower pot furnace with coal and a hair dryer ... but not enough to make a good paste and blow it.

Karl
03-13-2013, 03:42 PM
Hi Salazius! One of the guys in the glass studio was doing art with beer bottles. They had a generous supply : ) I'm going to try some backyard glass work with my furnace- not sure I can get it to 1200 deg c though. I've been thinking of trying some pate verre- fusing glass powder instead of melting and blowing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivTt2Uc6zew