Glass Blowing as a Hobby

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Anyone looking for a new hobby can’t go wrong with glass blowing. Glass blowing goes back a long way. This craft dates back to 16th century B.C. during the Mesopotamian period. There are all kinds of diversified stories about the beginnings of glass blowing. Although we don’t know who actually started glassblowing, the modern glass blowing was founded by Roman Ghirshman in Chogha Zanbil who discovered many glass bottles in an excavation area of second-millennium sites. Some might say that glass blowing could have been discovered by the caveman. Glass blowing became popular in the modern world back in the 1960s. Bongs are amazing examples of the modern glassblowing art.

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Blow pipes are long pipes that resemble batons on one end. Some people call them steel rods. Either glass, transparent coarse frit for glassblowing found online or a glass bottle that once had soda or juice in it will be suitable for glass blowing. There should be a metal tray of broken glass that the steel rod can gather up by twirling the rod in a fashion similar to cotton candy being spun onto a paper cone. Once the broken glass is captured, the rod can be returned to the kiln and the twirling continues. The furnace needs to be big enough to hold 500 pounds of glass. When you have enough molten glass on the rod, continue to roll it on the marver or the table, shaping the glass into a bullet shape. They use something that looks like a leather mitt to help shape the glass without burning hands or gloves, rolling the molten glass back and forth, then cutting it off the rod and shaping into a glass, a vase, or whatever they want it to be.

Many places with art booths have people who will demonstrate glass blowing with a torch and a small blow pipe. Torches are good for demonstrations on fair grounds. One man, at the Medieval Fair in Norman, Oklahoma last year, sat at a table and used his torch to give an example of glass blowing. His torch looked like a wooden serpent that stood on the table. The person demonstrating had gathered up glass fragments on the end of the pipe and rolled it. He had used two pipes to stabilize the glass. Using two rods can come in handy when one wants to make animal shapes. In this case, the man had made some dragon-like figures. Many people are fascinated when they watch someone demonstrate this craft.