Glass-Making – Essential Details

What is Glass? – a concern I have been requested lots of periods for the duration of my lectures. The principal ingredient of glass is SILICA, which occurs normally in good abundance. The principal versions are SAND, FLINT AND QUARTZ. When heated to a high adequate temperature, they soften to form glass.

The heat from the initial atomic bomb at Los Alamos, New Mexico, turned a great deal of the area of the desert all around the blast web-site into glass. Volcanic eruptions in which silica is existing, can also form a darkish natural glass identified as OBSIDIAN.

Early glassmaking – The temperature essential to soften silica (about 1800 levels C) is greater than could be received in the primitive wood-burning furnaces. Man-produced glass only turned achievable by the discovery that soda ash or potash (received from burnt vegetable material) caused the silica to soften at 900-1100 levels C.

The Mediterranean region favoured soda ash and European nations potash. Pure tints in the glass are eliminated by the addition of nitre, manganese or arsenic. This was not a exact thing simply because the additions made tints of their individual, conveying why there was a huge selection of colours in early glass. Contemporary pure additives indicate that a continually apparent and colourless glass can be made.

Molten glass is typically referred to as the Metal.

Additions of COPPER, COBALT, IRON, TIN and other supplies make BLUE, Crimson, Inexperienced, AMBER, WHITE OR PURPLE GLASS.

Approaches of manufacture – Currently, even the lowliest household has goods of glass. It has come to be almost common in its use and the price selection is tremendous, from a significantly less than a pound per glass, to lots of hundreds, or even countless numbers of kilos, for 1 glass.

So how is it produced? – Early glassmakers utilized MOULDING procedures. This lasted from about the fifteenth Century BC – 1St Century BC. Blowing was uncovered for the duration of the 1st Century BC and by the 1st Century Advertisement almost each technique of manipulating and decorating glass experienced been uncovered – moulding, cost-free blowing, blowing into a mould, cutting, engraving, enameling, gilding, overlaying with layers of coloured glass, enclosing the decoration involving layers of glass, millefiori and glass produced to seem like natural stone. All these ended up practiced 2000 yrs back and have reappeared at various periods down to the existing.

Instruments – The instruments utilized in glassmaking have remained almost unchanged for lots of generations, predominantly simply because they are so basic.

The principal instruments are as follows:

BLOWPIPE – glass is gathered on the bulbous conclusion and by blowing down the pipe a condition is made.

CHAIR – the glass-blowers workplace – a bench with flat arms alongside which the blowpipe can be rolled to condition the vessel. Confusingly, in a glass-operates generating hand-blown glass, it also refers to a staff of a few or 4 guys. Thus the size of the factory is reckoned by the number of chairs.

CLAPPERS – produced of wood and shaped rather like butter ‘pats’ – utilized to flatten a blob of molten glass into a foot for a wine glass.

GADGET – a spring clip hooked up to an iron rod. Replaced the pontil iron in the 18th century and does not make a pontil mark.

MARVER – a flat iron plate, about two-3 ft square, with a clean, extremely polished area. Molten glass has a plastic consistency and can be rolled on the marver for the duration of the blowing procedure to clean and condition the glass.

PONTIL IRON – a strong metal rod. The conclusion is heated and used to the foundation of the vessel currently being blown, to assistance it when the blowing pipe is slash absent.(when the pontil is eliminated, it provides a attribute mark identified as the PONTIL MARK on the foundation)

PUCELLAS – are spring tongs, identical in condition to a substantial pair of sugar tongs.


Post time: 12-24-2016