SO, this year, all he said was I had to be ready to go at 3...I was late. SORRY! But we still made it, we drove to FOCI in Northeast Minneapolis where Lisa instructed us on how to blow glass. Now, we didn't actually blow the glass, that's for class numero dos. BUT we did get to make some show-stoppin paper weights! Here is how it's done...
|So, first you take this long rod, its only super hot at the last foot or so, and if you peak at the guy behind me, he is cooling his off. I think we lost 5 pounds in sweat during our two hour tutorial|
|Then you dip the rod into this cauldron of hottness, seriously I have never experienced something as hot. Like 200 degrees hot. In your face, for 5 seconds.|
|This was after my first dip into the Calderon of hottness. You had to keep turning the rod so the glass wouldn't drip off. It was the Olympics of multi-tasking|
|Then I rolled the hot lava glass in two colors, dark blue and teal. When I added the color it cooled off a bit so I heated it up again before...|
|Manipulating it! There are a buncha tools to poke, bend and twist to glass. Here I am adding a pink swirl|
You do a total of two dips into the cauldron of hottness, a few turns at poking and stabbing the molten glass, and some additions of color and Voila! Here is the boyfriend's whack at it...
|Oh yeah, and you get a Popsicle to cool off after :)|
|Here you can see his break off point, you basically pinch a large tweezer around to create a crease, then you knock it off after it's cooled a bit|