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Glaskolben Blown Glass Ornaments Kit

Glaskolben Blown Glass Ornaments Kit

Item# 1032
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Addicting, August 16, 2010 4 stars
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.
PMC3 Deluxe Jewelry Clay Kit

PMC3 Deluxe Jewelry Clay Kit

Item# 1045
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Nice intro kit!, November 24, 2008 5 stars
Pros
Complete basic tool kit to make jewelry within a couple of hours. Everything you need to try out this exciting craft, including instructions for a matching pendant and earrings set. Within a couple of hours (most of that just playing with modeling clay for ideas) I had a new pendant necklace...great for gifts! You can probably create a unique hand made piece of silver jewelry nearly as fast as going to the store and buying it!
Cons
There were a couple of things listed in the instructions that came with other kits, but nothing that would stop you (e.g. guides to achieve proper thickness of clay, paintbrush). My hot pot did crack on the first fire but the instructions said this is OK. There was a pretty big flame out of this hot pot (6-7" higher than pot). Be very careful where you decide to use it. I will probably only fire this outside in the future. Even if nothing is nearby, it is a bit of a worry.
Other Thoughts
Definitely invest in some modeling clay to play around with first. Remember to cover the plastic patterns with a bit of cooking oil - in fact I think the patterns may not work without doing this (from experience!). The fire screen requires some bending and I ended up getting quite a cut from doing this. It seemed very easy so I didn't think! :) Some utility gloves would be good to wear at that point.
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joined:Nov 14, 2008
location:CYPRESS, TX US
display name:Susan S.