Cut and Polish Beer and Wine Bottles.
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This craft project will introduce you to flame-working glass
bottles and producing handsome juice or beer glasses.
Choose bottles with fired-on ceramic labels, cut them off
and fire polish the cut edge. Amaze your friends with your
novel kitchen or bar ware. It's not magic! I'll show you
Make an Angel Fish Pendant
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Using clear and colored glass rods learn the
glass rotation techniques to make an angel
The possibilities of creating in glass from your own imagination are endless and it will
become evident to you that it is no wonder that glass has survived the ages as a medium of
artistic expression. Novelty glassblowing has its roots in the glass houses of old. When the
fires were put out under the glass pots and before the glass cooled, the workers were
allowed to use the remaining glass in the pot to make animals, vases, jewelry and other
objects as gifts for friends and relatives. This glass, called “whimsies” by the workers,
became the artistic expression of the glassblowers' skills. Eventually glass houses sprang
up dedicated to their manufacture. Your glassblowing bench is a modern day revival of this
ancient tradition. You will be duplicating the motions of the first bead makers in the forests of
Austria, the glass workers of Murano and Venice, as well as developing “objects de art” of
your very own. I will tell you how to set up a shop or bench in your basement, garage or
even in a spare room. Not like a craft or hobby in wood or metal, where elaborate machinery
is needed, the glass working equipment is relatively inexpensive. Compared to most
hobbies, it is very portable and can even be set up at a fair, a bazaar or art show.