Two weeks ago, I finally "opened" my Christmas present from mum: A working-with-glass workshop at Flo Glassblowing in Ottawa. I had already blown a Christmas ornament there in December, and wanted to learn and do more this time. So I signed up for the most basic course: Making your own paperweight. It was quite amazing, and a lot of fun. I will collect my finished product today, and will of course publish the pictures on here.
|The hot glass is taken from the oven. The pipe on which it is amassed has to be turned continuously, which needs quite some getting used to.|
|The glass is rolled over coloured glass pieces.|
|Then it is twirled to get a nice spiral in the finished paperweight.|
|With a big piece of wood, the glass is formed into a ball shape.|
|All the tools needed for working with glass|
|Some of the finished pieces that are sold in the shop.|
|The finished paperweight - unfortunately, my camera made a mess of this picture. Imagine a purple-green galaxy imprisoned in the glass...|