Here is a photo of a finished paperweight from our class on Saturday, July 17th at Liquid Light Glass. We had 8 people create some beautiful paperweights. Three of the eight participants came back from previous classes to make more glass weights as gifts. The rest of the class had a first-time experience handling hot glass off the end of a blow pipe! The first thing participants do is select colors for their creations. In the second photo, Jannine is helping a student add those colors to hot glass, then the student melts the glass colors at the gloryhole (or re-heat furnace) with Jannine’s help.
After melting the colors, students then cut, twist, turn and pull the glass to blend the colors in a special way. The piece is then encased in the final layer of clear glass- encapsulating bubbles and suspending their color form inside . Elodie helps a student to finish shaping the hot glass into a round form using a wooden block, as seen in the third photo. When the piece is finished, it goes into an annealing oven to go through a very slow cooling process that lasts overnight. The pieces are ready to take home the next afternoon! It’s lots of fun seeing the students faces light-up with surprise, pride, and joy as they compare and marvel at each unique weight, ready for display!
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