Glassblowing involves inflating the molten glass into a bubble, with a blowpipe. As a technique created in the middle of the last century BCE, glassblowing exploited a working property of glass, inflation, which refers to the expansion of a molten blob of glass by introducing a small amount of air to it. This property is based on the liquid structure of glass where molten glass is viscous enough to be blown and hardens as it loses heat. This basically means that it takes 3 days of 24X7 heating in a furnace at 1350 degrees C to melt the studio quality glass hot enough to blow, and exactly 5 minutes of working time till it hardens (it needs to be reheated multiple times in another furnace at 1100 degrees C for a piece taking an hour to make). and if that were not the end of it (actually its just the beginning ;) after the piece is made, it needs another 24hrs in a third furnace at 550 degrees C to bring it to room temperature, so that the piece is safe and will not shatter on touch! Now why do this you might say…. its addictive say we :)
Blown Glass is one of the most difficult and expensive material to work with. Creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art doesn’t come cheap. Prices start INR 4000.
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