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The Scientific Glassblowing Learning Center

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About This Site

What is scientific glassblowing?

Glass workshop tour

Glass Components

Stress and Strain

Outreach Demonstrations

General Glassblowing Resources

Schools and Courses

Burners and torches


Glass Saw

Glass Lapping Wheel

Hand Tools

Glassblowing Lathe

Glass Oven

Rosedidymium Eyeglasses

Tables, data and technical resources

Glass flange fixture

Frozen joints

Pressure nomograph

Historical recipes

Quartz maria

Glass shop design

Miscellaneous tips and tricks

  1. Introduction, objectives and safety
  2. Terminology
  3. The glassblower's bench
  4. Oxygen and fuel gas systems
  5. Burners and torches
  6. Cutting glass
  7. Rotating glass
  8. Fire polishing
  9. Annealing
  10. Making a test tube
  11. Butt seals
  12. T seals
  13. Bending glass
  14. Sealing Ampules
  15. Repairs
  16. Ring Seals (Advanced)
  17. Silvering Glass (Advanced)

Disclaimer: Glassblowing has inherent hazards that can result in burns, cuts, injuries or even death. While every effort has been made to convey best safety practices, the materials presented herein can not anticipate every possible risk or hazard associated with a given glassblowing activity. The reader is responsibile for assessing and mitigating any and all such hazards or risks before commencing any activity connected with his or her use of these materials. Neither the author nor ILPI assumes responsibility or liability for injuries, losses, claims or damages to the reader or other parties that may result from the use or misuse of these materials.

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