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  1. hello.
    i saw a few videos of yours ( specially one about chunk casting) and played attention to the temperatures the speaker said abut melting the optical glass but i dont know if that temperature is in ªCentigrades or ª farenheith.
    if you can halp mi with this thing i ll be thank full.
    thanks for all you show about glass, its been a grat help for me and gave me lot of ideas that soon will put into practice. thanks .

    • We refer to temperature using Farenheit. Hope that helps and thanks for your kind words!

  2. When I was in primary school in the 60s, we were told it would all be metric by now.

    never underestimate British Imperialism!

    or the Spanish Inquisition, it just goes by other names now…..

  3. I have always wanted to learn how to blow glass and make my own glass object (a little kiss).  I would like to set up a group of people who want to learn how to blow glass at Sea on Celebrity.  Who would I contact?  Are you for hire?  I can be reached at (937) 879-5702.  I am a travel agent at Excellence in Travel

  4. Does anyone here have experience in photographing glass objects?  Any tips?  I’m a pretty experienced amateur, but would appreciate any tips anyone has learned.
    A family friend who makes her own jewelry beads and wants me to photograph them suggested this site. 
    Thanks! email: jerryq1000@comcast.net

  5. I’d like to see more on photographing glass. in particular art glass of all types and crystal/brilliant glass. the set up for the plate was really interesting. I have a very large glass collection and I’d like to get good photos of everything but it’s so difficult. lol. I know I’m not alone in this talking with other collectors.

  6. Is there someone I could talk with about how Gorilla and Vibrant are used at the Museum, either in art, or for protecting art work? I’m on the Board of Trustees for the Hickory Museum of Art, and also an Optical Communications employee in Hickory. COC and HMA are pursuing a collaboration project later this year, and I believe Gorilla and/or Vibrant might end up being key “ingredients” in some way. Thanks!!

    • Hi Anita – We will put you in touch with our collections manager who said he could help you.

  7. I got started making beads thru one of your museum classes, now I’m hooked! I’m trying to replicate the rough finish found on Viking Era beads, my daughter does viking costuming. I’ve tried reducing and oxidizing flames, working in higher temp ft lame areas and also a sprinkling of baking soda all with no luck. Do you know a technique I could use?

    • Hi Ken – One of our flameworkers suggests trying sandblasting or acid-etching to get a rougher surface.

    • Hi Ken – Here’s some more advice from one of our other flameworkers, Jen Kuhn:

      I have had good luck etching beads after the fact with a chemical etching solution to give a very even coat of roughness. Baking soda works well if you roll the hot bead in a bowl of the baking soda then burn it off-you will get some pitting as well as general roughness. Beads can also be sand blasted as well. All three of these will give you different rough surfaces.

      15-0150 – 2.8 oz. Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream
      Armour Etch is a fast acting specially formulated glass etching compound that lets you create permanent etched designs on windows mirrors and household glassware.

      • I’ll try the baking soda idea with a bit hotter bead and more baking soda. Have you ever tried using clean white sand the same way?

  8. When can we register for a demonstration time for your visit to Brockport, NY, August 17, 18 and 19?

  9. Hi! I’m a graduate student in art conservation and art history, and I’m wondering if I could use one of your images (the devitrified polished Beth She’arim slab photo by Robert Brill in https://blog.cmog.org/2012/05/29/an-adventure-in-glass-archaeology-the-beth-shearim-slab/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-adventure-in-glass-archaeology-the-beth-shearim-slab) on the American Institute of Conservation wiki lexicon, on the “devitrification” page. The wiki is for educational purposes, for both conservators and non-conservators, in order to define terms associated with conservation. If this photo isn’t available for educational use, are there other photos showing devitrification that would be?

    Many thanks for your time – you can reach me at my NYU email, ckm326@nyu.edu.

    Celeste Mahoney

  10. What a beautiful video of the Osram Sylvana Ribbon Machine! I’m writing my third novel to be published in 2020 by the Dutch Publishing House Querido (Amsterdam), called Lalalanding. It is set in France (Paris) in the fifties, working around this image of a lightfactory producing light bulbs. Do you have more information on the Glass Ribbon Machine in that era? Was there a machine in France, maybe even in Paris? Than you so much for responding, it could be here or you can reach my at emilykocken@gmail.com and I’d appriate this very much!

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