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Making a Giant Nixie Tube

Making a Giant Nixie Tube

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.

Shattered Glass Portraits

Shattered Glass Portraits

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.

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Making a Glass Guitar

Making a Glass Guitar

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.

Glass Spacer Robot

Glass Spacer Robot

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.

The Microcosm in Glass

The Microcosm in Glass

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.

Incanter Infusing Bottle

Incanter Infusing Bottle

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.

How Crystal Head Skulls are Made

How Crystal Head Skulls are Made

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.

Making a Logo Nixie Tube

Making a Logo Nixie Tube

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!

Making a Glass Dragon

Making a Glass Dragon

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.

Manual Coffeemaker Nº4

Manual Coffeemaker Nº4

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.

JoyJolt Caleo Mugs

JoyJolt Caleo Mugs

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.

How to Make a Mirror

How to Make a Mirror

While most mirrors today are made in big factories, UK ornamental glass artist David Smith shows us how to do it the old school way. It’s done by taking a clean sheet of glass, pouring silver nitrite on one side, then carefully moving it to evenly coat its surface.

ShotsClub Gun Decanter Set

ShotsClub Gun Decanter Set

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.

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How Gorilla Glass is Made

How Gorilla Glass is Made

Up until the mid-2000’s, the displays on devices were mainly covered with plastic. Then in 2006, Steve Jobs asked Corning to create a durable and scratch-resistant glass, and Gorilla Glass was born. Here’s how Corning makes its money-making material.

Crystal Photography Ball

Crystal Photography Ball

This optically-clear sphere is made from the same K9 glass crystal used to produce camera lenses. When properly used, the resulting shots can be quite stunning, with the image in the ball perfectly focused, and upside-down against a softly-focused background.

Making Spherical Glass Speakers

Making Spherical Glass Speakers

YouTuber Jisaku kōbō recently showed us how to upgrade cheap speakers with custom wood enclosures. He’s back to show how a pair of glass fish bowls can work with off-the-shelf speaker drivers. Every time he drilled into the glass, we cringed a little.

Making a Glass Sea Turtle

Making a Glass Sea Turtle

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.

X1 Everest Pool Table

X1 Everest Pool Table

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.

King Edison Ghost Pendant Lamp

King Edison Ghost Pendant Lamp

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.

Glass Ribbon Machine

Glass Ribbon Machine

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.

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Making Handblown Sheet Glass

Making Handblown Sheet Glass

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.

Hammer vs. Mirror

Hammer vs. Mirror

The Slow Mo Guys crank their high speed camera all the way up to 120,000 fps to capture the precise moment of impact between a flying hammer and a mirror, which creates a shockwave which is virtually indiscernible at slower frame rates.

How to Make a Glass Arrowhead

How to Make a Glass Arrowhead

Shawn Woods is a fanatic when it comes to ancient archery. Here, he shows us how to use primitive hand tools to take glass from an old whiskey bottle he found, and transform it into awesome and deadly glass arrowhead.

Bell Jar Light

Bell Jar Light

A fantastic way to display your most prized possessions. This glass bell jar features a USB-powered LED lightsource at the bottom, letting you show off your curiosities while keeping them from dust and grubby hands.

Exploding Glass in Slow-mo

Exploding Glass in Slow-mo

Many of us use Pyrex glassware in our kitchens. The stuff is great, but physics make the stuff incredibly dangerous should it experience a dramatic temperature change. Gav and Dan show us what happens when the glass explodes, at speeds up to 343,900 fps.

Cornering Sliding Glass Doors

Cornering Sliding Glass Doors

The Vitrosca Turnable System allows its minimal solid glass doors to not just slide along a straight track, but to smoothly turn corners. The trick is a set of custom pivot points which slide on stainless steel rollers in the system’s low-profile tracks.

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