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.
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.
With enough power to cut through glass or even metal, industrial waterjets can be incredibly impressive. In this video from WARDJet, they show how one of their computer-controlled machines can slice a spiral so precisely in a sheet of glass that the glass can be stretched out into a dome after cutting.
Tables with glass tops can be fragile and difficult to transport. But what if the glass was pre-broken? That’s what Homemade Modern did when he made this side table by mixing cracked glass with epoxy resin and pouring them into a custom silicone mold. This approach means he could crank out multiple tables if he wants.
Video game consoles come from the factory in opaque plastic cases. BitHead1000 gives consoles ultimate upgrade by creating custom see-through enclosures. In addition to the PS1 here, he’s built a see-through PS2, a PS4, NES, and a Sega Genesis. The videos call them glass, but we’re pretty sure they’re acrylic.
These handsome modern flasks feature a glass container wrapped in a baseball-stitched leather jacket. A cutout in each case lets you see how much booze you have left, and it comes with both stainless steel and plastic leakproof lids. The set includes 100 mL and 240 mL flasks. Also sold individually or with silicone jackets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.