Sorry for the sideways pictures here. I am getting a giggle just think of all of you truning your heads to the side to look at this. You are looking at the fabbled Electric Gloryhole. Some would say this is an evil bastardization, I say it is all we have. Ok that is a lie, we have propane glory as well but we never have any propane so we use what we have. This is where we reheat the pieces that are on the pipe so that they become soft enough to shape. Each piece goes in and out of this thing any number of times each time getting a little closer to the shape we want as it cools and hardens up. We have about between 8 and 30 seconds of shaping time each reheat. This glory holds a temp of about 2300f...and yes it is hot anywhere near it.
This is a picture of our electroglass furnace with the door cracked so you can see the heat. It is about 2150f in there. It has a big old pot that holds 140 pounds of molton clear glass. Everything we do starts clear...after that it is only limited to what your skills can handle and your brain can come up with.
This is about the middle part of a piece that I was working on last night. It is Iris Brown with Silver Luster Blue. This is design is called a rake, I call it feathering when I go both up and down. This design has been around for as long as glassblowing has. It is easy to do it poorly, and hard to do it right. I did a ok job with this one...but I raked it a bit deep and caused the center to pull some clear. It is going to be a pretty cool light pendant for sure and I really hope it lives. This is the thrid try for the night if you look close you can see the broken bits of the previous 2 tries on the floor. Yea, floor models happen...I was 2 for 3 on hitting the ground last night trying to make this.
Ok that is it for today. I will try to get some pictures of the above when it comes out of the annealers. Before I drop it off at Urban Objects (that is who ordered the pendant but left how to do it up to me)...Hope they order more it was fun to make.