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Stafford Art Glass…

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What an awesome way to celebrate your child’s birthday – making glass blown ornaments!

Heather always thinks of something crafty that the whole family can get together and enjoy as we spend time with her on her birthday. Parker, owner and instructor, of Stafford Art Glass Studio, had the utmost patience going over and over the same instructions with each of us as we began to make our ornaments.

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First, you gather the molten glass, from the furnace, on the end of the hollow pipe. When the door to the furnace opens, you attempt to insert the hollow pipe into the opening and scoop the molten glass lava, in a rotating fashion, onto the end of the pipe before going to the work table.

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After several turns, and reheating in another furnace, it’s time to apply the colored glass particles that will melt, meld, and blend in unity, to the molten glass. Gently turning the pipe to keep gravity from drawing the hot lava downwards, the molten glass is placed down on each quadrant, and then gently rolled onto the broken, colored glass shards used for the ornament, before flattening the end (or top) onto the table.

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Back at the work table, the pipe is gently rolled, “dead” white pieces of the glass are cut off before re-heating in the furnace to fuse any pieces of solid, colored shards of glass remaining; thoroughly uniting the end product.  Carefully the glass is blown to the desired size and a wet, rounded paddle is used to cup and shape the ornament.  Parker had me use the torch at the very end to change the chemical compound of the colors.

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The torch was fun to use because the gases emitted actually heated up the glass ornament, causing it to glow as the gases surrounded the glass bulb with an atmosphere similar to that of viewing a planet.  Hard to explain but it was amazing to see!

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You can almost view the glow in this photo.

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Every year I am amazed at the fun we have doing these crafts!  This was a phenomenal experience! THANK YOU, HEATHER!!! I want to do this again, and again.

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But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
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We are his creation, his handiwork!

Categorised in: 2018, Appalachian Traditions, faith, Hobby, Home, Play, Rose, tradition, Uncategorized

1 Response »

  1. That is so awesome…….so incredible………………..WOW——————-love this …..what a great experience !

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