Can Glassblowing Be Done at Home? | Glassblowing

Can Glassblowing Be Done at Home? | Glassblowing


Hello, my name is Todd Hansen. We are here at the fire Art of Fire Temporary
Glass Blowing Studio in Laytonsville, Maryland. We’re at www.artoffire.com. I’ve been a glass blower for about twelve
years now. I’ve got several different lines of glass
work that I work on and I’ll be talking to you about glass blowing. If you wanted to do glass blowing at home,
you could probably do it on a really limited budget with a very small space. You’d have to be really careful how you
handle this equipment because you’ve got a lot of heat, you need adequate ventilation. Really, you are generating a lot of BTU’s
so it’s going to be, uh, it might be a little bit cost prohibitive so you want to be careful
how you do it because it really does take a lot of time and take a lot of energy. You can get a small, uh, a small electric
furnace, a small electric kiln, to melt coalit, which is clear glass that has already been
melted, so you’re basically recycling somebody, uh, someone’s clear glass to make yours. Small glory hole, you could build that, uh,
maybe 8 or 10 inch diameter but it’s going to run through a lot of propane so I’d be
careful about how you handle your material and how you handle your energy. Don’t forget you need something you can
also kneel with. And an electric kneeler is something you need
to run. It’s not only cooling the glass down after
you’ve made it but it’s going to have to run while you’re making the pieces as
well. So you’re going to have to look at 12 or
14 hours of running an electric furnace or electric kiln while you’re cooling your
glass. So there are a lot of factors to consider. Electric consumption isn’t the only concern
but it’s probably the biggest chunk of the budget you’re going to have after you buy
your equipment. So you’re going to need a lot, you’re
going to have a lot to think about and people do it but it just takes a serious element
to the art.

31 Comments

  • unapro3 says:

    Interesting video but the music was distracting.

  • Ariakas7708 says:

    the answer is yes. Yes you can blow glass at home, how expensive it is depends on how big of a project you want to get into. You need a gloryhol, a kiln, and a glass working kit.

  • mmaaxx1198 says:

    You can always lampwork!

  • CornLikker says:

    Ha ha ha… Gloryhole …Ha ha ha 🙂

  • CornLikker says:

    But still, ya got to wonder what came first. Gloryhole or "Gloryhole"

    BTW I meant no offense to you or anyone else who may read this. Just commenting on the coincidence of it.

  • asian619 says:

    lol when i read your comment the first thought that popped into my head was "i dont want to stick my dick in a furnace"

  • Jason Haynes says:

    how much am I looking at to get started and blowing glass at home?anyone

  • justin brown says:

    You could hold the glass in a box of ash to anneal it so no you don't need an electrical annealer

  • Pablo Torres says:

    If your going to blow at home id suggest lampworking that's what I go

  • Daniel Allen says:

    All this is bull….people's been blowing glass for thousands of years, way before there was electricity. It can be done without all of the stuff he mentioned.

  • Katie Hahn says:

    Was that a cat laying there? haha

  • Chris Holden says:

    Uyy

  • Shawn P says:

    I always thought a kilm was to heat things up ?

  • Haleigh Benson says:

    Lol he said glory hole.

  • eviscero says:

    Mumble Mumble

  • Emit Rots says:

    how to…

  • shakeel safdar says:

    can we do it with a charcoal furnace?

  • Rylet says:

    Thanks, exactly the info I wanted!

  • dercebe says:

    Is this supposed to be demotivational? No matter what, it is. For melting large amounts of glass; yes. To get started with glass blowing: certainly not. You can start on a much simpler level, just to experiment and go from there. Do not let this video discurage you to try it for yourself!

  • Mollie Tillman says:

    please turn down music while ur talking. hard to hear you

  • Shannan Schisler says:

    I've found great project for that on Avasva website.

  • Draggos Dinca says:

    i onley need my wine bottle from skyrim :((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  • michele vitarelli says:

    Background music not necessary. Please repost without music.

  • Joat Mon says:

    Thanks! 🙂 Informative Video!
    Have the basics here. Glass kilns, torch, half constructed furnace,…just need to move forward.
    Again, thank you! 🙂

  • Benchmark October says:

    So we're just going to skip past the fact that he seemed *not to know 'how" it could actually be done at home- (well to be fair, this video #needs an #update because with technology today it can be done very cheaply given a technical demonstration.)

  • Mac The Knife says:

    Has that wig ever fooled anyone into thinking it is his own hair? It is an egregious piece of toupiary, to coin a term that would serve mankind better if it were fed into the furnace. Even a seeing-eye dog would pick it out and bark uncontrollably, at which point, the bewigged fellow would be arrested for cruelty to animals. No entity, either man or beast, should have to be subjected to such visual filth.

  • blumenthol says:

    I am appreciate the straightforward advice here.

  • Rich Hlywka says:

    just look at blacksmith forge videos… this guy is doing nothing but cutting out future competition. if you want to blow glass, then blow glass.

  • Tarek BR says:

    You talk so low, and to make it worse music background .and your voice difficult to hear

  • Bartlbee Smithers says:

    Ok everyone, thus guy gave it to you easy, you want demotivating? Here it is. Plan on spending $20,000 building your studio if you build it, $80,000 if you don’t know how to build it and you just buy it. Also, don’t think about building a studio unless you’ve been blowing glass for at least 8-10 years. Also, when you build your shop, make sure you have at least some knowledge of electrical, metal fabrication, gas plumbing, and glass studio operation including glass chemistry. Once you’ve built your shop, expect running costs on the low end to be $1000/month to $4000/month depending on the scale of your operation.

  • Silke Köpl says:

    the music is louder than his voice. Great video but I don't understand a word. Too hard!

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