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Create heirloom blown glass ornaments
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This item: Glaskolben Blown Glass Balls Kit
Create Custom Blown Ornaments The Simple Way
Making custom glass ornaments is easy with Glaskolben pre-blown clear glass cylinders with blow pipe ends. Glaskolben may be blown freehand into a ball using a Hot Head torch (item# 7329) and MAPP gas, eliminating the time consuming method of "pulling points" from glass tubes. Roll hot cylinder into frit before blowing to decorate. Pull into an elongated shape with tweezers.
Sealed end clear cylinders measure 1mm wall, 28mm diameter before blowing. Annealing temperature 950° F. Contains enough supplies to make 10 ornaments.
10 Sealed end cylinders
Two frit blends, each 1 oz, 90 COE
Step-by-Step: Ornament Glass Blowing
1. Introduce a Sealed End Cylinder into the back of the flame.
2. Roll hot cylinder in frit. Reheat in flame.
3. Remove from flame, and blow steadily into the blowpipe end.
4. Anneal. Use Scoring Knife, tap the blowpipe end to break off. Finish with ornament cap.
For more information, see the User Manual under additional images to download an illustrated step-by-step guide, or watch our quick online video.
Blown glass ornaments created by Delphi artist Val Oswalt-De Waard.
Pros : This was a fun kit, and I plan on purchasing more glass tubes. I was able to make really nice round ornaments by the 3rd or 4th try.
Cons : The instructions are very poor. I did an internet search for additional information before attempting this. I don't recommend this kit to someone who doesn't have some experience with torch work. You need to have a good feel for how glass moves when it is molten to know when to start blowing. I also don't recommend to anyone who does not have a kiln to anneal. The ornaments have thin enough glass that I don't think they will survive long without proper kiln annealing.
Other Thoughts : Make your flame big and bushy (turn down oxygen a bit and turn the propane up a bit). If you set the flame to the same size as for beadmaking you won't be very successful.
Pros : Once you get the hang of it, you can make some really lovely ornaments this way. I gave several away as gifts and even the imperfect ("artfully free form") shapes were well received. This is a nice basic kit so you can tell if you are patient enough to try more or not! I was hooked pretty fast and bought additional frit and glaskolben within days.
Cons : If given as a gift, remember the user needs several other things - a torch, fuel, safety glasses and a means to anneal (can be warmed vermiculite). A warning, unless you have experience, many or most may break or be disappointing. A dozen went pretty quickly while learning. Glass blowers make this look easy - it isn't, but it is fun!
I did explode a couple. Never do this without safety glasses as minimum equipment.
I received this as a gift and it wasn't complete (didn't have the millefiori). Usually I am very happy with Delphi so I think this was a fluke.
Other Thoughts : An add on to the kit, which includes a torch and safety glasses would be welcome. Instructions could be a bit better, and maybe add a video.
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