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Old 09-24-2018, 02:46 PM
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Hey gang,

I'm forwarding a question for a friend, Randi Solin, who is another glass blower some of you probably know. She was asked to do a commission to reproduce a (now deceased) glass blower's design to match some of his former pieces when he was still around. Randi is on the fence about the ethics of that for now..
She asked me for recommendations on technique about how to get this trio of bubbles of different colors to twist in solid glass. I'm familiar with the tech for the air twist old English goblet stems, but this has color(s) and the scale is 6" tall by 3" wide. I'm stumped on how to attempt this without trapping unwanted air in the mix. I'm including a photo. Thoughts/suggestions?
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Snip 3 colored bits on the bottom of a gather and with a stainless rod, or 3 stainless rods, push the color up into the gather. Then gather over it and twist.

Was this Paul Harries work? If so with the blessing of his wife, I took over the last commission he was working on before he died. I looked at it as an honor.
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I miss Paul. A fine designer and a really nice person.
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Snip 3 colored bits on the bottom of a gather and with a stainless rod, or 3 stainless rods, push the color up into the gather. Then gather over it and twist.

Was this Paul Harries work? If so with the blessing of his wife, I took over the last commission he was working on before he died. I looked at it as an honor.
Thanks Eben. I thought about that but was imagining that one would loose too much of the fresh furnace heat for pushing in the stainless rods after one has to take the time to snip those bits of color off. But perhaps I'm not thinking about moving quickly enough.
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I miss Paul. A fine designer and a really nice person.
I never really knew him but did admire his work.
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Thanks Eben. I thought about that but was imagining that one would loose too much of the fresh furnace heat for pushing in the stainless rods after one has to take the time to snip those bits of color off. But perhaps I'm not thinking about moving quickly enough.
Yeah. Do it all quick. Never let your post stop moving. And I would also recommend doing a massive one the size of a 18 block and pulling it into a basebal bat length to anneal. Then diamond saw pieces out of it that you can close the end while you twist, and then take a final gather over it. I believe Paul made a lot of his work like this. You could also pick up 3 pieces of color bar at once off of a plate instead of doing it as a hot bit.
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