A Visit to Glass Axis


>>ALL RIGHT ALEX, SO YOU’RE GOING TO SHOW ME HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, RIGHT?>>ABSOLUTELY, YES.>>SO I NEED MY PROTECTION.>>SAFETY GLASSES ON. STEP ONE, ALWAYS SAFETY FIRST.>>YES.>>WHAT’S NEXT.>>SO WE HAVE ALL THESE COLORED GLASS CHIPS IN FRONT OF US. IT’S CALLED FRIT. AND THAT IS JUST PRETTY MUCH THE TERM WE USE FOR THIS BROKEN-UP, POWDERED OR SHATTERED GLASS. AND THAT’S HOW WE’RE GONNA ADD OUT COLOR TODAY.>>VERY COOL.>>SO WE PRETTY MUCH HAVE THE WHOLE RAINBOW FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM.>>I LOVE IT.>>WHAT COLORS ARE YOU THINKING?>>OH MAN, I’M LOVING KIND OF THIS WHOLE BLUE COLUMN RIGHT HERE. THE BLUE AND THE WHITE.>>THAT’S PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE’S FAVORITE, BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE THE OCEAN OR THE SKY.>>OH GOOD. RIGHT. SO GORGEOUS.>>AWESOME. AND — SO LET’S GO INTO THE WHITE TO GIVE US A NICE BRIGT BASE.>>OKAY.>>AND THEN WE CAN SPRINKLE THE OTHER COLORS DOWN, AND THEN WE’LL KIND OF SWIRL IT AROUND. IT WILL LOOK REALLY AWESOME.>>YEAH, WE’RE JUST GONNA PRESS DOWN, AND THEN TURN. JUST LIKE YOU’RE PICKING UP SPRINKLES ON AN ICE CREAM CONE.>>LOVE IT.>>SO RIGHT NOW WE’RE GREAT. IT LOOKS LIKE WE GOT COLOR ON THE END.>>OKAY.>>SO WE’LL HEAD TO OUR LEFT AND WE’LL MELT THIS IN.>>OKAY. ART STUDIOS
IN THE BREADTH AND SCOPE OF ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE TEACH.>>AND NOW WE CAN SLIDE IT OUT.>>OKAY.>>WE’LL TAKE IT UP, AND WE’LL GO GET YOUR BLUES.>>OKAY.>>LOOK AT THAT. SO YOU CAN SEE ALL YOUR COLOR NOW SORT OF LOOKS CLEAR AND ORANGE.>>I DON’T WANT TO TOUCH YOU. OH GOD.>>OH I’LL MOVE. [ LAUGHTER ] SO NOW YOU JUST KINDA WANT TO REST IT ON THE TABLE.>>OKAY, LIKE RIGHT BEFORE — THEN JUST ROLL ACROSS IT.>>ROLLING, ROLLING, ROLLING. OKAY?>>THAT LOOKS PERFECT.>>GOOD?>>YOU GOT GREAT COVERAGE.>>BACK INTO THE — LET’S GO MELT IT IN. INTO THE FIRE.>>INTO MORDOR OVER HERE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THIS IS OUR RAW MATERIAL. WE BUY A PALLET OF THIS. THERE’S 2,000 POUNDS OF THIS ON A PALLET. AND WE CHARGE IT IN THAT FURNACE, AND IT HEATS IT UP TO 2,100 DEGREES. THAT RUNS MOSTLY 24/7, YEAR-ROUND. SO OUR GAS BILL IS A KILLER.>>ALL RIGHT, SO IT’S ALMOST MELTED IN. ONCE IT’S NICE AND SMOOTH –>>YEAH.>>I CAN TAKE IT OVER, AND I’M GONNA PUT YOUR BUBBLE IN, TO GET IT STARTED.>>OH GOOD. SO AM I SORT OF HANDING OFF?>>YOU’RE KIND OF HANDING OFF.>>OKAY.>>AND NOW YOU CAN COOL DOWN A SECOND.>>WHOO!>>ALL RIGHT, SO NOW THAT I HAVE THAT HEAT, WE’RE GONNA PUT SOME AIR IN HERE.>>OKAY.>>SO I BLOW A LITTLE PUFF INTO THE END AND CAP MY FINGER ON IT. WHAT THAT DOES IS THAT TRAPS THE AIR INSIDE MY PIPE, AND THE AIR ONLY HAS ONE PLACE TO GO. AND THAT IS TO INFLATE THE GLASS.>>THAT HELPS –>>YES. AND, AS WE ALL KNOW, HOT AIR RISES. SO AIR LIKES TO GO WHERE THAT HEAT IS. IT’S GONNA GO RIGHT IN THERE. AND YOU CAN SEE IT ROUNDING OUT.>>YEAH, THAT’S INCREDIBLE.>>ALL RIGHT, SO THE NEXT STEP IS YOU’RE GONNA ACTUALLY BLOW THIS OUT.>>OKAY.>>YOU’RE GONNA DO THE GLASS BLOWING. WHAT I’M GONNA DO IS I’M GOING TO HEAT THIS. I’LL HAVE YOU OLD THAT.>>OKAY.>>I’M GONNA HEAT IT UP SO IT’S EASY FOR US TO WORK WITH.>>OKAY.>>AND I’LL BRING IT BACK AND SET IT DOWN. ONCE I SET DOWN, YOU CAN SLIDE END ON HERE.>>UH-HA.>>SMALL END IN YOUR MOUTH.>>UH-HA.>>AND THEN IF YOU WANT TO STAND ABOUT HERE, THEN YOU’LL BE ABLE TO WATCH IT INFLATE.>>WATCH IT INFLATE. SO JUST LIKE — STRONG BREATHS.>>YEAH, I WOULD SAY KIND OF LIKE THE PRESSURE IT TAKES TO WHISTLE.>>OKAY. I’M READY.>>BEAUTIFUL. AND STOP.>>WHOA!>>PERFECT.>>LOOK AT THAT.>>SO EVEN BEFORE, IT TAKE A LITTLE BIT TO GET STARTED, BUT THEN ONCE THAT BUBBLE INFLATES, IT JUST GOES.>>IT GOES.>>AND IT GOES QUICKLY.>>IT REALLY DOES. YOU DON’T THING IT’S DOING ANYTHING, AND THEN BOOM.>>SO WHAT I’M DOING RIGHT NOW IS I’M JUST KIND OF COOLING DOWN THAT CONSTRICTION WE MADE. AND THAT CAUSES REALLY TEENY MINI MICRO-FRACTURES ON THE GLASS.>>OKAY.>>SO WHEN I GIVE IT A LITTLE TAP –>>IT JUST POPS RIGHT OFF.>>THE VIBRATION GOES THROUGH IT, AND IT POPS OFF.>>PERFECT.>>AND NOW WE’RE GONNA GO ADD A HOOK SO THAT YOU CAN HANG THIS IN YOUR TREE, OR IN YOUR GARDEN OR WHEREVER YOU MIGHT WANT TO PLACE IT.>>HERE COMES OUT BLOB, THAT’S GONNA BECOME OUR HOOK.>>SO, WE’RE GONNA PRESS IT ON. PULL IT BACK. ALL RIGHT. THEN WE PULL IT UP AND LOOP IT.>>LOOP IT. PERFECT.>>AWESOME. SO WE JUST GIVE IT A SECOND.>>OKAY.>>TO KIND OF SOLIDIFY ITSELF, BECAUSE WE HAVE A SHORT WORKING TIME, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT’S SOLIDIFIED.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>AND THEN YOU CAN PICK IT UP WITH THIS.>>ALL RIGHT.>>AND WE’LL PUT IT AWAY.>>YOU CAN START TO SEE ALL THOSE COLORS COME OUT.>>LOOK AT THAT! OH MY GOD. THAT’S AMAZING.>>WE’RE DOING OUR PART AS WE PARTNER WITH 400 WEST RICH AND THE IDEA FOUNDRY TO TRY TO MAKE THE FRANKLINTON ARTS DISTRICT MORE POPULAR FOR PEOPLE TO COME DOWN AND SEE WHAT WE’VE GOT GOING HERE.

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