Without glass, windows would be walls and mirrors would be wall-mounted Etch A Sketches used to create approximated self-portraits. Celebrate transparent sand with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of handcrafted-glass gifts from Glass Tears' online boutique.
The artisans at Glass Tears sculpt and hand-blow tear-shaped glass jewelry, ornaments, and sculptures, designed both as sympathy gifts for bereaved loved ones and as eclectic home décor. Locally manufactured by artisans in Boyertown, traditional tears are solid, 3.5"x2" freestanding dollops of sympathetic silica, whose tear shape compassionately thwarts the formation of real tears ($39.95). Jewelry offerings soothe doleful necklines and glum ear lobes, such as the single pendant, which comes crafted in one of eight color varieties ($29.95). With their hand-blown delicacy, Christmas-tree ornaments enliven domesticated evergreens in ways tinsel hasn't since they went as dates to the Tannenbaum High Senior Prom of 1876 ($24.95).
Each glass tear ships with a personalized message that can be completed online, or patrons can choose an endearing, pre-scripted verse from the poetry library. Accompanying all glass is the Glass Tear guarantee, which replaces keepsakes that suffer accidental breakage for up to 50% off the initial cost. Orders can be picked up at the Taylor Backes retail location in Boyertown or shipped for an additional cost. Shipping is free for orders of $100 or more.