Starts with half a teaspoon of remains onto the clean marver table made of stainless steel
Gather hot clear glass from the furnace thats heated to about 2130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll the hot glass on the punty pipe through the remains - the ash sticks to the hot glass.
After the remains are gathered onto the hotglass, I use the glory hole to reheat the glass so that I can reshape it.
Now that the glass is hot again I am able to manipulate it. This orb in particular is a twist swirl
Manipulating the hot glass into a twist
This process has to be done smoothly to allow the glass to cool evenly as you twist
After the twist is complete - the glass needs to cool down before we can go back into the furnace and gather more clear glass over top. This is where the optics come into play.
Gathering onto of the shaped remains.
Hot out of the furnace
The block is used to help shape the molten glass as it cools
As well as some damp newspaper folded just so to protect my hand from the heat.
Very important is the Jack line. This "scores" the glass and will allow the piece to break off from the pipe when it cools.
The piece is completed and just needs to come down in temperature slowly so that we can break it off and put it away. We slowly bring the temperature down by going in and out of the glory hole several times.
This piece is cooled enough to break off the pipe and put into the annealing oven for the night.
Removing the piece from the pipe is used by applying a cold tool (in this case a room temperature butter knife) to the jack line and then gently using the wooden paddle and tapping the pipe. The piece almost always breaks clean off exactly where you drew the line with your jacks.
One tap of the paddle to the pipe and the piece broke off nice and clean. I use the Map gas torch to melt away the sharp edges also know as fire polish
All done! Ready for the annealing oven!
I use kevlar gloves - the glass is still about 500 - 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The annealing oven is set to 515 degrees Fahrenheit - this temperature slowly comes down to room temperature in steps and takes about 13 hours.