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Note: Glass tips on May 2nd, 3rd, and 7th were removed to make the article Cheap glass art supplies.
The May 25th tip was taken out and is now in the section how to cut fused glass.
One of the most recent additions to the website is our "How To Make.." section. There you can learn such things as how to blow glass or how to make your own glass frit. Also if you can think of any how to articles you would like to see in that section than drop us an email and well see what we can do.
I was recently asked a question about what "end of day" meant when describing glass. Unfortunately I had no idea. But not having a clue didn't mean I wasn't going to find out the answer with my Sherlock Holmes like tenacity. So what did I do? I asked someone else of course. That counts as having mad detective skills right?
After finding out the answer to the above question I figured I would pass on this knowledge to you. So what does "end of day" mean when describing glass? It means the following...
Glass made of 2 or more colors swirled together. It gets it's name from the fact workers were unwilling to waste the last bits of colored batch at the end of the day so they combined them. Bakelite jewelry is famous for doing this. Many thrifty glass artists still do. Small amounts of leftover frit are sometimes combined at the end of the day/night, saved up, and called 'confetti'. When enough of a pleasing combination has accumulated, it is used in a vessel.
You can now search for books on glass by the authors last name in the Glass Books section of this site. Go check it out.....On second thought nevermind...I mean come on, who ever heard of anybody learning anything from a book?!
Another book that I thought was impressive and picked up as a gift was "Basic Stained Glass Making"- All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started. Published in 2003 this book provides excellent step by step guides for stained glass projects and is filled with a plethora of informative images.
Recently while shopping for a birthday gift I picked up the book 1000 Glass Beads - Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass. The book is a wonderful resource for glass bead makers who are looking for inspiration. With 408 pages this book is packed with tons of beautiful images that could easily help bring a glass artist out of a creativity rut.
Today's glass tip is brought to you by the letter "H" Remember you can't spell "Hydration" without the letter H.
So it's starting to get warmer out, Hurray! However, glassblowers who work in the hot shop during these hotter days should take a few extra precautions. First make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during and after your blowslot. Second try to work with a partner and if at any time your do not feel well stop blowing glass immediately.