How-to-Create-Blown-Glass-Ornaments

I came across this in my other blog file and thought it may belong here. Especially I found an inspiring video to compliment.

Excerpt from www.recycledarticles.com

There are two types of modern glassblowing but offhand glassblowing is the type most people picture in their mind when they think about this kind of art. The artist gathers a glob of fused glass at the end of a hollow tube called a blowpipe or blowing iron. The molten glass is then fashioned into its final form by various techniques of blowing and shaping with hands, tolls and molds. The second kind of glassblowing is lampworking. Lampworking is the softening of a glass tube by heating it in the flame of a torch. Next, the softened glass is manipulated into its final form by blowing and shaping with hands and tools. Any number of things can be created using either technique; sculpted animals, ashtrays, vases, aquarium pieces, beads, paper weights, perfume bottles…the list goes on and on. Moreover, practically every major part of the world at one time or another in its history has been known, in some part, for its glass art.

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Learn how to create beautiful glass ornaments with Glaskolben pre-blown clear glass cylinders with blow pipe ends. Delphi Artist Val Oswalt-De Waard demonstrates how Glaskolben may be blown freehand into a ball using a Hot Head torch and MAPP gas, eliminating the time-consuming method of “pulling points” from glass tubes.