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Saturday, December 22, 2018

My Christmas Ornament

Now before you think what a wonderful job, let me just explain how much I really did to make this ornament in my Glass Blowing Class.

The truth is I really only made the top bulb part.  You start the ornament from a long tube-shaped piece of glass.  The glass is heated by continuously turning the tube and then the end is pushed closed  You continue heating but several times you will quickly pull it out of the fire and blow into the end of the tube, then return to the fire all the while continuing to turn.  At one part I blew so hard I nearly broke the bulb.  The instructor said if the bulb had broken we would have had to leave the classroom for several hours as there would have been minute pieces of glass in the air which could hurt your lungs, eyes, etc.

The tail of the ornament is made by pulling the heated glass and pushing it back towards itself to create the ledges and stretched out for the tail.  The handle is a piece of heated glass stretched with fancy pliers to lengthen and then curl.  The teacher did all that part and I was glad to let him handle it as he performed the fancy work. 

My thoughts are that it was enjoyable and very interesting but not for me long term.  Reasons:  the continuous turning of the glass wands, sometimes one in each hand was very hard for me.  I don't seem to have that upper body strength anymore.  Holding your arms up and continuously moving was harder than I expected. 

The second reason, I was a little nervous around the fire. It was perfectly situated and I was ok doing it but knowing that I was exposed to the fire just made me uncomfortable. 

All in all, it was a fun couple of hours.  I learned something I had never done or seen that close up.  There were only 3 people in our class so we got loads of hands-on personalized instructions.  And, as I mentioned before, the young lady (early college years) was very polite and well mannered.  Very respectful and made sure that I had room to see.  Polite young people are so nice to be around.  I wanted to tell her family what a good job they did but then I thought, no, it was up to her choice to display good manners and continue that attitude in her life and she should really get the credit. 

Well Christmas is not quite over but I feel I've done enough to say I celebrated it well.  Ready for the fireworks and then life as normal.  Good golly.  How did I ever get to be this worn-out person?  Oh well.  Life happens.   

More later....


  1. It's great to try new things, isn't it? But I get it about being a little nervous around the fire.

  2. Well, I think your ornament is magnificent! Many years ago, I took a class in glass blowing Xmas ornaments too and mine did not turn out anywhere near as nice as yours! It's hard to evenly heat and evenly blow the pipette -- I had such an assortment of weird misshapen balls, it wasn't even funny. And we certainly did not attempt a beautiful long tail on the ornament like that. You can be very proud of yours!

  3. Glass blowing has always fascinated me and lucky you to have actually participated. That broken bulb warning was scary.

  4. Isn't it funny that we notice when a young person is kind, polite and respectful? There are so few that I come across and I always make it a point to thank them.
    The class sounded like fun but I couldn't do it. The heat alone would drive me crazy. But what fun to try it.

    Merry Christmas! I hope you have a fabulous holiday.

  5. Glass blowing! Wow, I am so impressed by your desire to keep learning and trying new things. I have watched a glass blower at work and that is as close as I get.