Hot Glass Crafts Posts

How To: Burnish silver leaf using an electric mandrel spinner

An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. This video shows you how burnish silver leaf using a lampwork torch and an electric mandrel spinner.

How To: Control a mandrel spinner for lampworking glass beads

An electric mandrel spinner is a tool that grips materials to be spun or machined. Watch this instructional lampworking video to see how molten glass may be shaped with a mandrel spinner. Mandrels are commonly used to shape beads of glass into a desired size and shape for jewelry manufacturing. The rheostat dial on your power box will control your "set" spinning rate.

How To: Make mosaic glass art

Glass mosaics create beautiful decorative art pieces and are great for interior design and sprucing up a wall, walkway or even a piece of furniture in your house. Learn how to make a glass kitchen backsplash mosaic in this free art project video series.

How To: Lampwork a glass curly-Q

This instructional lampworking video shows how to make flame worked coils of glass.Use a rod of cold, thick glass to wrap the curly-q around. Using a thin, molten string of glass, feed the melted glass into the torch flame as you slowly turn the cold glass rod. This will create a quick and delicate glass coil.

How To: Make a round glass bead

Watch this instructional lampworking video to make a round bead using the Zoozii "Make Your Own Round" bead press. This video displays a clear example of how to use the bead press and other lampworking tools. The text instructions provide tips for perfecting your round glass bead.

How To: Make a fused glass pendant

Learn how to make a fused pendant from sheet glass. This video shows the visual procedure of creating fused glass pendants with a torch and a kiln. You can fuse pieces of glass together with a torch and then bake the designs to perfection. While there are certainly more laborious details involved in the process, this video provides a helpful visual overview.

How To: Lampwork glass rain drops

This is a quick lampworking instructional video showing how to make borosilicate glass rain drops using a torch. The glass needs some careful sculpting to form a clear glass loop at the top. This process can be repeated to make several rain drop ornaments. Brush up on your lampworking skills with this fun glass tutorial.

How To: Make a glass out of a beer bottle

This video tutorial shows how to make a cool beer glass out of a beer bottle. This is also a great trick for cutting the bottle; forget the glass cutter or tricks with string and acetone. Just pour oil up to the level where you want the bottle cut off and place a red-hot piece of metal into it. Because of the great heat conductivity of oil and at the poor heat conductivity of glass, it will expand at the edge of the oil surface, cracking in a nice even line. Watch this instructional video and...

How To: Make your own glass art

Watch this glass tutorial video to learn about the extreme hobby of glass blowing and how to make your own glass art. This hobby is extreme because of the high temperatures and tools used, so be very careful. You'll be blowing your own glass art in no time after watching this helpful how-to video.

How To: Make the Dali wine glass out of blown glass

Dean Smiley and Eliska Harmer, master glass blowers from New York show how to make one of their designs, the Dali glass. Follow along as the glass is blown and shaped, transforming from a molten blob into a beautiful glass. This video glass-blowing tutorial is an inspirational peek at an unusual form of art.

How To: Etch glass

Glass Etching is stunning. Discover how easy etching glass is in this video with host Meghan Carter, where you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to etch glass. These instructions work with both glass etching stencils and homemade glass etching patterns. You'll be amazed by how quickly you can produce beautiful results with glass etching.