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12-08-2011 10:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: glassblowing blowing glass glass eyes wood and glass

My daughter’s fiance is a glassblower and we think that he and my daughter will be leaving for Australia soon for a long range well paying construction job and maybe gone for 10 years – not much to do around here. In the mean time I have set him up a glass blowing station in my little shop. He can make some beautiful things. His brother is a very accomplished glass blower up in Cincinatti and he taught Chris what he knows. Chris has been teaching me and my other son in Law how to blow glass. For one thing, you can make beautiful eyes with glass blowing. I have thought about maybe carving some green men but the eyes would be glass. You can make some beautiful flowers so i have thought about mixing glass flowers with exotic wood bases and use wood also for the stems, blades, and leaves or visa versa. What do you think? Or am I just coming up with a crazy excuse to learn something new?


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 12-08-2011 10:58 PM

I think it blows! I couldn’t resist. I don’t think it’s a stretch in the least. I love blown glass and buy a lot of it from Etsy. I had a friend in New Mexico that was an expert. It looked like a lot of fun but he was always complaining how expensive a hobby it was. I did a bit of stained glass in college and it was indeed expensive. I say go for it.

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 11:01 PM

That sounds like a GREAT idea!

I think that would make a Super piece!

Your talents continue to grow and develop!

That’s wonderful!

Can hardly wait to see more of your experiments in the new areas you’re going into…

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 11:12 PM

I personally love glass art. I can think of so many ways to incorporate glass into woodworking! This is really exciting!! My vote is “Go for it!”


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 12-08-2011 11:12 PM

I like the idea of mixing mediums. I plan to do more of it with my carving in the days ahead.
I say give ‘er a go, Charles!

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 11:25 PM

well i think its a great idea, i bet there are many ways to to use wood and glass, that will be so cool, i cant wait to see what you do with it…go for it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 11:26 PM

I too love glass work, stainglass, blown glass, lampwork, ooooo the colors and the shapes. How can you not like it with Corning Glass Works about 2 1/2 hours away. I set my oldest son up doing stainglass in the Tiffany style and I would like to try lampwork but yes it is expensive. If you have the means and some training go for it.

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 11:40 PM

Why is it so expensive? The most expensive thing seems to be the torch $750 – $1000 or so. He get’s the glass rods and tubes from a glassblowing place down in Atlanta. The glass didn’t seem to be that expensive. Yes, I love the colors – they’re beautiful. The only tools he’s using right now is a pair of overgrown tweezers, some glasses, and a pair of long needle nose pliers. His brother is suppose to be sending him a few other tools that he made. I had the oxygen bottle at the plant. Anyways, I’m just at the watching and listening stage myself but Zack has worked with Chris for just a few days and is already doing some interesting stuff. I’m kind of hanging back with much interest wondering whether or no i should get involved with something else or not.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 11:54 PM

new is always good

crazy up
and learn something

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 12-08-2011 11:59 PM

Doesn’t the Heat Source cost a few bucks (depending on the size, of course).

My first thought was having a large brick oven-type thing, with a hole in it, and a gas line hooked up to it…
... running & running & running… burning up MONEY… The oven part doesn’t look cheap…

... but, I guess one does not have to have all of that stuff… (?)

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#10 posted 12-09-2011 12:25 AM

Sounds like fun.

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#11 posted 12-09-2011 12:28 AM

You don’t need no durned excuses. Go for it!
As they say,”Carpe Diem”.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 12-09-2011 12:59 AM

You can mix anythhing you darn well want to, you have earned the the opportunity, collaboration can lead you to whole new areas of discovery. But don’t think little, you could make a four foot hour glass, beautiful tables and furniture. Don’t put limits on your or his imagination. Mix any medium that works for you two. Even after they move you can still colaborate we have the (techknowlegy) technology. When he moves you could even use lumberjocks to communicate with him.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#13 posted 12-09-2011 02:04 AM

I worked in a glass factory many years ago and one section was a handshop where they blew glass. I thought it was really neat to watch. They made some very nice things and I see no reason you can’t mix the two together.

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#14 posted 12-09-2011 02:05 AM

I am jealous, I want to learn glass blowing. I say DO IT… learn it. I have never regretted learning a new medium or process and you will find it manages to increase your ability on other areas. I took welding, and now I know all about metals and how they work with wood.. what stains them, what burns them, what metal can be worked and how.. and it all lead me to be able to use scraper cards more efficiently, because I understand the metals limitations. I took stained glass courses and was amazed to find that glass has grain like wood does. I can felt wool, or spin it into yarn… in the end. I see all things differently and with new ideas every time I learn something new. It is all very very exciting.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#15 posted 12-09-2011 02:53 AM

I agree with the above. DO IT! Endless possibilities.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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