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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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Alien Abduction Milk Bottles

Alien Abduction Milk Bottles

While it’s not quite as awesome as this similarly designed lamp, this concept design for milk bottles from Kyrgyzstan agency Imedia seems like something that could go on store shelves pretty quickly. We suggest that they add glow-in-the-dark food coloring for nighttime drinking.

Glass Steam Engine

Glass Steam Engine

Get a look at the inner workings of a steam engine with this impressive model built entirely from glass, by master glassblower Michal Zahradník. A couple of the engines have been made, then auctioned off on eBay. Keep an eye out here for future auctions.

Making a Glass Horse

Making a Glass Horse

A master glass blower in Italy shows how to take a blob of molten glass and transform it into a detailed sculpture in seconds, massaging the searing hot material into a prancing horse with tongs and scissors. Skip to 1:00.

G3DP 3D Glass Printer

G3DP 3D Glass Printer

While it doesn’t have the precision of other 3D printers, MIT Mediated Matter Group’s and Glass Lab’s molten glass printer is still amazing, producing optically-transparent glass shapes that would be very difficult to make by hand.

How to Cut Glass

How to Cut Glass

We know that you cut panes of glass by scoring them before snapping them apart, but this footage showing how to quickly transform a large pane of glass into several smaller pieces without shattering them is still immensely satisfying.

Emulsifier

Emulsifier

Mixed media artist Thomas Medicus created this extraordinary sculpture from 160 individual hand-painted glass strips. As you move around the anamorphic object, it transforms into four completely different images. More on Colossal.

Sliced Glass Paintings

Sliced Glass Paintings

Loren Stump makes murrine – glass artwork made by layering different colors of molten glass and then stretching them into a rod. When the rod cools, the intended pattern will be seen in the rod’s cross section.

Manual Coffeemaker Nº1

Manual Coffeemaker Nº1
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Designer Craighton Berman’s coffee maker embraces the ritual of slow-poured coffee making. Made from borosilicate glass and bamboo, this elegant sculptural appliance is the embodiment of modern minimalism.

Zombie Head Decanter

Zombie Head Decanter
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The perfect way to serve us booze at Walking Dead or Halloween get-togethers, this glass decanter holds over a liter of your favorite spirits. Though you might want to fill it with some blood punch for maximum effect.

How to Cut a Glass Bottle

How to Cut a Glass Bottle

While you could do it with a proper bottle cutter, the Crazy Russian Hacker shows us how to slice a glass bottle in half the only way a crazy Russian hacker knows how – with acetone, a piece of string and a lighter.

The Prince Rupert’s Drop

The Prince Rupert’s Drop

Smarter Every Day talks about the Prince Rupert’s Drop. Made of molten glass that’s been dripped into cold water, its thick end is very durable, but the slightest of cracks on its tail end causes it to explode.

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Skull Ice Bucket

Skull Ice Bucket
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Keep plenty of drinks chilled with the Brainfreeze Glass Skull Ice Bucket. Its ample cranium hold up to 54 ounces of ice, though we also like the idea of eating raspberry sorbet out of it.

Neon Skull Lights

Neon Skull Lights

Artist Eric Franklin creates incredible, luminous skulls from flameworked glass, filled with neon and mercury gas. We think the next Terminator should look like this. Available from Artworks Gallery.

The Glass Snowboard

The Glass Snowboard

NetworkA sent Signal Snowboards’ founder Dave Lee to an Italian glass factory to watch them build an amazingly gorgeous snowboard from curved, tempered glass. Will it shatter, or will it slide?

ASB Glassfloor

ASB Glassfloor

Inspired by squash courts, the ASB Glassfloor is a multi-functional flooring system made from glass and an aluminum substructure, with LED marking lines that can be selected on a touchscreen.

Gabba Gabba Hey Gorilla

Gabba Gabba Hey Gorilla
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Clearly a fan of the The Ramones, artist Ludvig Löfgren’s handblown black glass gorilla measures 12-inches-tall, and will look great keeping watch over your classic vinyl collection.

Bubble Tank

Bubble Tank
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Psalt Design’s blobby handblown glass fish bowl will remind you (and your goldfish) of a Salvador Dali painting, as it appears to be melting over the edge of whatever shelf its placed on.

Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

Kinkajou Bottle Cutter

Are you a fan of Bottlehood Glassware? Here’s your chance to make your own upcycled glasses or vases from bottles. The Kinkajou by Patrick Lehoux lets you score bottles with little effort.

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ShotShell XL

ShotShell XL
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The ShotShell XL has three times the capacity of the original ShotShell. It also weighs nearly a pound and is guaranteed not to break, so it’s as handy as a projectile as it is as a shot glass.

Glass Milk Container

Glass Milk Container
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Your half-and-half will look way cooler served in Fred & Friends’ clear glass half-pint container. Just don’t use it for long-term storage – milk doesn’t keep as long in the light, especially left open.

Fishscape Fish Bowl

Fishscape Fish Bowl
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If he lived here, Nemo would have no reason to leave home, thanks to this hand-blown 2.5 gallon glass fishbowl, designed by aruliden, with its undulating organic terrain to swim around.

Glass Multi-Touch Peripherals

Glass Multi-Touch Peripherals

While touch sensitive keyboards aren’t the most practical of devices, there’s no denying the feast for the eyes of Jason Gidding’s see-through keyboard and mouse, now raising funds on Kickstarter.

Coca-Cola Can Glass

Coca-Cola Can Glass
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We want to replace all of our tumblers with these awesome glasses, which look just like a 12oz. can of Coke. Though we strongly advise against crushing one of these with your head.

Doomed Shot Glass

Doomed Shot Glass
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And we’re not talking about a lame single shot here. This manly hand-blown crystal skull shot glass holds 2.5oz. of your your deadliest hooch. This bringer of doom comes from Fred & Friends.

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