Dalibor Farný is one of the world’s only experts at making custom nixie tubes. In this 22-minute video, he crafts the prototype for an enormous tube filled with numeric filaments. The process requires surgical precision for the filament wiring, masterful glassblowing skills, and the tiniest defect can make tubes unusable.
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Swiss artist Simon Berger creates portraits by shattering glass. His technique involves gently hammering away at a sheet of laminated safety glass, which holds together the pieces as his finished image comes into view. Watch him create another of his smashing portraits here.
There are lots of guitars out there made out of fiberglass or cast resin, but ones made out of actual glass are rare. Morningstar Glass Guitars walks us through the tricky process of building one of their very special instruments, which has both a glass body and a glass neck. The Starlight II shown here sells for $3859.
From the “Satisfying Robots” file comes this video footage of the LiSEC TPA-A, a fully-automated system that applies thermoplastic spacers that provide insulation between panes of architectural glass. The robot securely holds the glass in place using suction, then rolls it along its conveyor as it works its magic.
Using high-precision digital models and laser etching techniques, CinkS labs is creating a series of glass cubes which display intricate 3D images of viruses, bacteria, and cells. The crystal cubes come in 3cm, 7cm, and 10cm sizes, as well as an 8cm sphere. And yes, they even have a COVID-19 model.
Sempli’s leaning glass carafe is designed to infuse spirits with fruits, vegetables, and spices, imbuing them with new depth, flavor, and character. The 13 oz vessel comes with a perforated infusing tube for ingredients, and a rubber stopper. Once infused, simply remove the tube, and decant straight from the bottle.
While enjoying happy hour at home, raise a glass to Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka team. They make some fine hooch, but it’s the iridescent, skull-shaped bottle that’s so head-turning. Designed by artist John Alexander and manufactured in Milan by Bruni Glass, here’s an inside look at the heads being made.
As we learned previously, Dalibor Farný is a true master of the craft of making nixie tubes. In this clip, he shows off the process of making a large, custom tube, that instead of displaying digits, glows with the logo of his client, Keysight Technologies. We want one with The Awesomer logo now!
Glass artist James Mongrain and a team of assistants demonstrate the painstaking process of turning a molten blob of glass into an intricately scaled dragon in this 1-hour video from the Corning Museum of Glass. It’s also the most soothing thing you’ll watch today.
To celebrate five years since its launch, Chicago designer Craighton Berman is back with a new run of his sculptural, yet practical object for your morning pourover. Each one is made from borosilicate glass, and this time comes with a white, black, or stoneware ceramic baseplate.
These borosilicate glass coffee mugs feature a bent shape that makes them look like they’re being blown in the wind. They keep drinks hot or cold longer thanks to a their double-wall insulation, and hold up to 13 ounces of your favorite beverage. Sold in sets of two. Also available in espresso size.
This party kit combines two of America’s favorite pastimes – guns and booze. The set comes with two gun-shaped spirit decanters, eight shot glasses, a belt holster, and a padded metal carrying case that’s sure to get you stopped by the TSA if you travel with it.
Glass artist Raven Skyriver demonstrates the team effort required to create a large sculpture of a sea turtle. His studio creates all kinds of incredible glass animals, including lizards, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, octopi, and more. Video by Derek Klein Films.
A stunning pool table, built from glass and metal. The surface is covered in a transparent material called “Vitrik,” which is designed to simulate the physics of a felt table, while protecting the glass underneath. Only five will be made each year, so expect it to be pricey.
A truly unique way to hang a chandelier from your ceiling – Young & Battaglia’s pendant lamp features a miniature brass chandelier that hangs inside of a handblown black glass shade. Each teensy candle features an LED lamp at its tip. Measures appx. 8.25″ h x 6″ dia.
Corning Museum of Glass shares footage of a machine which produces lightbulbs, as a ribbon of molten glass is shaped through a mix of heat, air, and gravity. The now-defunct assembly line was in an OSRAM Sylvania factory and produced as many as 1600 bulbs per minute.
For many years, sheet glass was was made by blowing glass tubes, then cracking off the ends and scoring them, slowly reheating and cutting them open, then ironing them flat. This brief video from Bendheim Art Glass demonstrates the key steps of this nearly lost art.
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