Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blown Glass Pendant Lamp:Photo essay

When we were on the Oregon coast, Susan and I stopped at this art glass studio. The glass was all blown and they had some pendant light Susan liked. But he didn't have the exact color she wanted. So he custom made her one and we got to watch him do it. It was pretty cool. He started by take a blob of white hot glass out of the furnace.

Then he repeatedly rolled it in colored chips. Blues and greens. Then he put it in what he called the glory hole. There was lots of shaping and pulling.

Then he blew his breath in it. The moisture in his breath expanded with the heat. Lots more shaping.

It was so hot, it looked orange all the time although it ws really blues and greens.

Cutting it with scissors. widening the hole and more shaping.

Finally, it had to cool slowly over night so that it wouldn't break. Ta da, here is the finished product. Isn't it beautiful. 
 Here it is at Susan's house before it was installed. Pretty cool huh?

1 comment:

The White Silk Purse (Dana) said...

Wow! What a fun experience! It sure looks like you had a grand time on your trip.

Oh and PS: We went to see Anna's Primary Program today. It was about as much fun watching it with her as the PP as when she was in it at 3 years old!!