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In my little venture of glass blowing there are many different paths which one can take within the classification of "Lampworking" but regardless of What the artist / fabricator ends up sculpting, in general, it's all pretty much the same principles and techniques with a few exceptions.
These partiular processes are called 1: Fuming and 2: Wrapped and Raked. I'll go into the process following.

Below is a piece of Borosilicate tubing, 26mm x 2.5mm which has been fumed with pure silver and gold in addition to having a blast coat of silver shot into the exterior surfaced which were then fused into the tubing.
Side Note: When fuming, Silver has to be applied first as a "primer" base coat before any additional layers of different metallurgic fuming may occur.

The silver fume result in a golden surface tone while gold results in the silver hues. A combined mixture of silver and gold along with certain processing methods will result in iridescent colors and hues.
When the tubing or rod is fumed and brought to certain temps whether it be an oxidizing, neutral or carburizing (reducing) flame, the end result will vary accordingly.

After the tubing was "Fumed & Silver Blasted" 2mm Boro glass rods were stenciled in rings then entire length of tubing.
The rods were then applied perpendicularly to the initial rods fused into the tubing.
The rods sure 2 purposes; 1) They preserve the fuming on the exterior of the surface. Unprotected by additional boro glass would allow the color to be burned out if put into the incorrect flame. 2) Aesthetic appearances and design.

The Wrap & Rake process requires the tubing to be a certain degree of Amber hot, the piece has to then be place into the path of a controlled pencil flame (yes the operator controls everything) and the rods have to be stenciled to the exterior of the tubing.

Once these 2 process have taken place it's time to RAGE! Crank up that 6K degree bench burner and get to working some glass.
This particular piece pictured is fused, gathered and twisted.
The only limitations are the ones within your minds.

Have any questions? Ask away and I'll try to answer without too much science or lecturers.

Almost forgot, What is it for??? lol
Anything you wish to fabricate out of it. Something of this nature would be worked and added where an aesthetic appearance and design was dictated by a customer. All those little add on cost, $$$$ and take hours upon hours to produce.

Then the piece(s) have to go through a 5 hrs annealing process and allowed to cool another 12-24 hrs depending on how thick he finish piece(s) are.





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Very cool indeed, thanks for the education.
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Or, you can start with colored glass. But, that would be easier and cheaper.
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Originally Posted by Fish Haid View Post
Or, you can start with colored glass. But, that would be easier and cheaper.
gOOD LUCK WITH THAT. nEVER eVER hAppEning!

You don't get wrapped and raked precious metal fumed and impregnated boro tubing from "colored" glass.

You know the old saying, You get what you pay for.
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I have no idea what you said . But it does look good!
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That's a huge one-hitter.
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Very cool indeed, thanks for the education.
My pleasure and your welcome.

As a kid I always found stuff like this and science very interesting. Got me in trouble as a kid a few times. Wait, not me, that was..........

Dad started it all.
He was a Dr. (RIP) and bough us REAL chemistry sets from back in the good old days. You would go to jail for possession these sets today. Blew up a few of the bedrooms dragging my chem set around hiding and playing mad scientist.
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Been playing with my bench burner and torches lately practicing my applications and processes. R&D, researching and discovering. lol

Fine tuning my flame sciences and fuming techniques.
Stringer stroking and placement will come naturally with another 1000 hrs. or so. No, it's not that bad unless you never master flame chemistry or have the shakes.






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Riptied, where are you based out of? I took a glassblowing class a few weeks ago in Arizona and it was genuinely one of the cooler things I have done. Being a chemist, I was very curious in the colors and transition metal chemistry of the dyes/coloring agents, and the guy teaching the class happened to know every answer. I had no idea copper was used in so many different colors.
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Central West Florida.

I started laying out the plans and ordering accordingly for my studio about 6+ months ago. Built an O2 concentrator/generator system along with other essential evils.
No prior training or guidance what so ever and only had the burner and torches fired up for may 4+ months? Self trained.

It's a learning process to say the least.

And which one of you all thought I was the village idiot???
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Good deal, that is cool hobby to have. Best of luck with it and keep us posted as you progress
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Have some special custom glass itself I came up with that is blown out on a blow pipe / punty.
Sorry, no pic releases of such at this time. R&D stage. Shssh

More eye candy.
Just some junk boro tubing I was playing with.

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Nice! I did a large amount of glass blowing at East Falls Glassworks in Philly. It gets to be a real expensive hobby after a while




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Nice! I did a large amount of glass blowing at East Falls Glassworks in Philly. It gets to be a real expensive hobby after a while
Cool, nice work there.

That's an understatement! And people think boating is expensive.
It's more than just a hobby for me, path variation in life.
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Cool stuff. There was a place in West Chester I would stop in and watch them make all kinds of glass things.
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Originally Posted by Riptied View Post
Cool, nice work there.

That's an understatement! And people think boating is expensive.
It's more than just a hobby for me, path variation in life.

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Originally Posted by Riptied View Post
Have some special custom glass itself I came up with that is blown out on a blow pipe / punty.
Sorry, no pic releases of such at this time. R&D stage. Shssh

More eye candy.
Just some junk boro tubing I was playing with.

Supposed to be pretty good money in glass marital aids

But beautiful work
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Using any Silver nitrate in glass work???-I do in salt kiln fuming in ceramics.
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That's a huge one-hitter.

IN!
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Can you make a pipe?

no, seriously.

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