Hot Glass Crafts How-Tos

How To: Make iridized glass

Learn about ancient iridized glass and a method for creating iridized glass surfaces. This video is part of the exhibition "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass (February 15 - May 27, 2008). Note: the method portrayed uses stannous chloride fumes, which can be highly toxic. Do not attempt this without proper protective equipment.

How To: Cut glass with a pair of scissors

This video describes the process of cutting glass with a regular pair of scissors. Objects required include a pair of scissors, glass to cut, gloves, a tub, and water. First, fill the tub with water to a proper depth to allow for submersion of the glass. Once the tub is filled, submerge the glass and once the glass is submerged, while holding it, begin to slowly cut the glass with careful and slow cuts from the scissors. It is suggested to not conduct the procedure with haste, take the proces...

How To: Make a fumed implosion glass pendant

The implosion technique in glass blowing creates the effect of multi-colored fingers of glass within another piece of clear glass. This video glass blowing tutorial shows how to use this style to make a jewelry pendant. Watch as the glass is shaped over a flame to recreate the fumed implosion technique resulting in a necklace pendant.

How To: Blow glass

Jim McKelvey is going to show you how to blow glass. One of the secrets to making really nice glass is making really even gathers. So, if you're a beginning student, there are some tricks that you can use to learn how to gather correctly. That's just part of what will be covered on this series about beginning glass blowing.

How To: Do glass chunk casting

Learn about chunk casting with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Chunk casting is a method of casting glass by packing a mold with chunks of glass and melting the chunks in the mold, instead of filling the mold with molten glass.

How To: Turn scrap fusing glass into a ribbon cane

This is a quick demonstration of one of the many ways to turn scrap Bullseye glass in to a ribbon cane. Watch this instructional lampworking video to recycle glass pieces and melt them into a cane. You can then use the glass cane to melt it into finely crafted glass jewelry such as beads, buttons and glass miniatures.

How To: Use a holey marver to lampwork consistent glass beads

Watch this instructional lampworking video to use a holey marver for making strings of glass beads using a lampwork torch and an electric mandel spinner. A marver is a tool used in glassblowing. It generally is made of a polished steel surface and is used to shape molten glass. A warm piece of glass is rolled on the marver, for two reasons: controlling temperature and adjusting shape. Because the glass comes in direct contact with the steel, it must be kept very clean. A holey is usually rubb...

How To: Cut large format glass tiles

In this video, we learn how to cut large format glass tiles. First, measure out where you want the cut to be on the glass, then cut it with a sharp X-acto knife. After this, use a glass cutter to cut the bottom of the glass and create a crack what will go down to the cut that you just made. After this, break the two sections apart and you will have two piece of tile out of your large one. You can do this on any kind of tile and it takes just a few short steps. When you're done, sand down the ...

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: 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: Cut a glass bottle with a string

This video describes the process of cutting a beer bottle in half. First a piece of string is tied around a glass beer bottle to gauge the proper length that the string should be. Next, excess string is cut off and the tied string loop is slid up and off of the bottle. Next, the cap of a bottle of nail polish remover is unscrewed and the cap is filled with nail polish remover. The string is then wadded up and dipped into the nail polish remover for a couple seconds. The string is slid back on...

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