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SkyPAD Glass XL 3.0 Mousepad

SkyPAD Glass XL 3.0 Mousepad

This jumbo mousepad is ideal for gamers and creative professionals. It measures 40x50cm, or about 16×20″, and is made from microtextured glass for smooth and wicked-fast mouse movement. It comes in white or black, and Kickstarter orders include a protective carrying sleeve.

Waterjet Glass Spiral

Waterjet Glass Spiral

With enough power to cut through glass or even metal, industrial waterjets are truly impressive. In this video from WARDJet, they show how one of their computer-controlled machines can cut a spiral so precisely in a sheet of glass that the glass can be stretched out into a dome.

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Smashing Panes of Glass

Smashing Panes of Glass

The guys from Australia’s How Ridiculous have made a career out of destroying stuff. They certainly don’t disappoint in this video, as they test how many panes of glass are needed to stop a variety of objects, including a tomato, a roll of toilet paper, a Rubik’s Cube, and a throwing axe. The slow-motion footage is pretty epic.

SEPIA Glassware

SEPIA Glassware
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Kinto’s beautiful glassware has a mid-century modern look, with its gently curved shapes and deep amber hue. The collection includes tumblers, mugs, cups and saucers, and jugs, along with available walnut wood trays. Each piece is made from heat-resistant glass that is both microwave and dishwasher safe.

Glass Skull Liquor Decanter

Glass Skull Liquor Decanter
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Halloween candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker. No bones about it, this mouth-blown Glass Skull Decanter from Pottery Barn is ideal for serving spirits – and ghoulish guests – at Halloween parties. Molded of clear borosilicate, it’s BPA/lead-free and dishwasher safe, so there’s nothing to worry your little head about.

Glass Popcorn Maker

Glass Popcorn Maker
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Made in Japan by Puebco, this borosilicate glass pitcher makes perfect popcorn in your microwave. Just add popcorn, place butter in the top melter, and nuke until popped. Holds appx. 1 liter of popped corn or 30g of kernels. Just be sure to keep an eye on it, because there’s nothing worse than the smell of burnt popcorn.

Spinning Molten Glass

Spinning Molten Glass

This fascinating but brief video shows a special glassblowing technique that involves pouring molten glass onto spinning platters. As the glass spreads into the mold, it captures the underlying pattern and smooths out the glass on top. We’d love to see the finished pieces.

Ultra-Slow-Motion Wine Glass Shatter

Ultra-Slow-Motion Wine Glass Shatter

You can make a wine glass shatter by playing a sound loudly and at its resonant frequency. But what exactly is going on when this happens? Gav from The Slow Mo Guys tested out the experiment in front of the Phantom TMX 7510 high-speed camera, capturing the wobbling and exploding glass at a crazy 187,500 fps.

Broken Bottle Jewelry

Broken Bottle Jewelry

Costume jewelry pieces are sometimes made out of glass, but those fakes are usually made by casting molten glass. In this video, an artist from China shows us how they make imitation sapphires and emeralds from broken bottles, reshaping and faceting the shattered bits using a rotary tool.

Glass Pour-Over + Mug Set

Glass Pour-Over + Mug Set
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Enjoy a deliciously smooth, yet bold cup of coffee any time with this stacking pour-over and mug set from Pure Over. It’s made entirely from heat-resistant borosilicate glass, and its top section has a built-in glass filter so there’s no waste. The set includes a stir stick, water diffuser, dripper, and ceramic base.

Shattering Glass in Super Slow-Mo

Shattering Glass in Super Slow-Mo

Unless you have a beater you don’t care about, we don’t recommend tossing a spark plug at your car window. Instead, we suggest watching The Slow Mo Guys video, in which Gav smashes sheets of tempered glass and captures the breakage at speeds up to 800,000 frames per second.

Blowing Scientific Glass Barware

Blowing Scientific Glass Barware

Glassblower Tim Drier creates test tubes, flasks, beakers, and other scientific glassware as his day job. In this video from Wired, he shows us how he uses those specialized skills to make truly unique drinking glasses that incorporate the twists and turns he’s used to creating.

How to Make a Neon Sign

How to Make a Neon Sign

You can approximate the look of neon with LED or electroluminescent lights, but there’s nothing like the warm glow and high-voltage buzz of a real glass neon sign. Eater’s Katie Pickens takes us on a tour of Brooklyn Glass to learn how they make these colorful signs for restaurants and other businesses around New York City.

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Making Glass Soda Bottles

Making Glass Soda Bottles

We’ve taken you inside of a factory that makes plastic bottles, now see how more environmentally-friendly glass bottles are born. New Age Media posted this video of a high-speed production line that takes molten blobs of glass, blows them into molds, then passes them through a series of conveyors as they cool.

Cutting Glass with a Sandblaster

Cutting Glass with a Sandblaster

NightHawkInLight built a homebrew mini-sandblaster that’s powerful enough to cut glass. With the help of some electrical tape and paraffin wax, he shows how to cut a perfect helix shape out of a test tube. If you plan on trying to DIY, be sure to follow his recommended safety precautions.

Coffee Chemistry Mug

Coffee Chemistry Mug
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This Cognitive Surplus mug celebrates the science of coffee. Science nerds will geek out on its breakdown of the molecules that give coffee its flavor, aroma, and kick. Choose from a 13 oz. borosilicate glass or 11 oz. ceramic mug. Their Social Chemistry collection includes beer, whiskey, tea, wine, and water glasses.

Shredder vs. Bulletproof Glass

Shredder vs. Bulletproof Glass

The PressTube channel has made a name for itself by destroying stuff just for fun. In this video, they fed sheets of bulletproof glass into their industrial-strength shredding machine. Naturally, the shredder won, filling our ears with a jarring crunch as it chewed through progressively thicker panes.

Golf Balls vs. Doors and Windows

Golf Balls vs. Doors and Windows

The guys from How Ridiculous take a momentary vacation from tossing stuff off of a tower to play some golf. While on the fairway, they performed various destructive and unscientific experiments, including testing many hollow-core doors and panes of glass they could drive a golf ball through.

Map on Glass Lamps

Map on Glass Lamps
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These unique accent lamps can be personalized with a map of a city of your choice. Faytown Designs makes each one by etching the design onto its glass shade. The tabletop lamps measure 19″ tall and come with a T45 Edison light bulb to accentuate the details. They also can do logos and other custom images.

Hydraulic Press vs. Glass Sphere

Hydraulic Press vs. Glass Sphere

The guys at the Hydraulic Press Channel are always on the lookout for things that hold onto so much energy before failing that they explode catastrophically. Paper does the trick quite well, and now we see that solid glass spheres have similar explosive potential.

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Whiskey + Water Decanter

Whiskey + Water Decanter

This individual glass decanter set is a great gift for whiskey lovers. Its inner chamber holds a brown spirit of choice, while the outer chamber holds water. Pour the whiskey from one side, then a couple of drops of water from the other to release the full depth of its flavors. Comes with a wood tray and a glass funnel.

Making Glass Guitar Picks

Making Glass Guitar Picks

We’ve seen how Morningstar makes guitars out of glass, but it turns out they also make glass picks to go with them. The time-consuming process involves cutting strips of glass into triangles, then sanding the pieces down to smooth out their edges. The picks are available for sale on their website for $30 for a set of three.

Saguaro Cactus Drink Glasses

Saguaro Cactus Drink Glasses
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These tall green glasses from DOIY Design are modeled after the color and texture of a saguaro cactus (minus the prickly bits). They come in a set of four, and when stacked they form one tall plant, complete with those upwards-pointing arms. They also make a shorter version, though it’s currently sold out.

Hokeki Pour-Over Coffee Set

Hokeki Pour-Over Coffee Set
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Perhaps it’s the ritual, but we find that pour-over coffee just tastes better than automatic drip. This clean and minimal set from Hokeki will look great on your kitchen counter. It comes with a 20 oz heat- and cold-resistant glass pot, a high-fired ceramic dripper that regulates drip time, and a stand for putting it all together.

Copper Ring Magnifier

Copper Ring Magnifier
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Garrett Wade’s handsome copper desk accessory makes a great display piece or paperweight, while its 6″ diameter glass magnifying lens makes it easy to read details on maps and other printed diagrams. The curvature of the glass pulls in light, improving illumination as well.

Glass House Bird Feeder

Glass House Bird Feeder
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Created by Ontario, Canada artists Erica and Steven Moore, this glass and brass bird feeder attaches to your window using clear suction cups, letting you watch birds nibble on seeds up close and personal. It measures appx. 8″ x 8″ x 8″, and is suitable for a variety of avians from chickadees to blue jays.

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