Looking Glass sculptures are hand crafted using glass rods. They are heated and melted by a gas-powered torch. The torch worker has a high degree of control over how soft the glass becomes, as a result they're able to create pieces with immaculate detail and complexity.

Torch Sculpture is a type of glasswork that uses a gas fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flame working or torch working, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. Although the art form has been practiced since ancient Syrian (1 Century B.C., B. Dunham) times, it became widely practiced in Murano, Italy in the 14th century. In the mid 19th century lamp work technique was extended to the production of paperweights, primarily in France, where it became a popular art form, still collected today.

Early lampworking was done in the flame of an oil lamp, with the artist blowing air into the flame through a pipe. Most artists today use torches that burn either propane or natural gas, or in some countries butane, for the fuel gas, in combination with air or pure oxygen (which can be produced by an oxygen concentrator) as the oxidizer.

What does it takes to melt glass?
  • Glass completely melts/liquefies at approximately 1400 °C to 1600 °C depending on the composition of glass. Glass is made from a variety of substances, depending on the intent of use. Mostly sand, lime and soda are what most glasses are made of.

  • What type of glass do we use?
  • We use a high quality of Soda lime glass. The rods are usually 7-8 mm in diameter.

  • What skill do you need to have to be a Glass Sculpture?
  • It takes from 6 months to 3 years to learn the basic of glass making and at least 5 years to become an expert in glass sculpture, some times more.
  • How long does it take to create a Glass Sculpture?
  • Depending on the level of difficulty, it can take from 10 to 15 minutes on average.

    Looking Glass Figurines. They are miniature glass sculptures - Highly detailed, collectible, glass ornaments for your home!


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