Crystal balls guide clairvoyants to the unknown secrets of the universe, just as expiration dates guide milk drinkers to the unknown smells of their refrigerators. Guide yourself toward the smells of destiny with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get one blown-glass psychic tear necklace from Studio Royal Glass Blowing Academy (an $18 value).
Studio Royal’s master glassblower, Robert Shield, has created hand-blown glass masterpieces for the Duke and Duchess of York, but the trademark of his craftsmanship remains the glass teardrop. The psychic tear necklace elegantly represents the human teardrop and can be proudly displayed as a fine piece of jewelry. The droplet of glass forever locks a swirling mass of colored intrigue deep within its transparent core. Necklace bearers are invited to employ the craftsman’s original vision of using the piece as a prophetic instrument. No degree in metaphysics is required as the teardrop utilizes the widely debated Shaky Hand method of divination. Truth-seekers simply dangle the teardrop from its chain over a coin, and divulge their innermost inquiries. Subconscious movements of the hand sway the teardrop in contrasting motions to yes or no, thus revealing the bearer’s hidden aspirations to become one of the next Milwaukee Brewers racing sausages.
For more than 20 years, master glass blower Robert Shield has crafted his crystalline figures for people around the world, his masterpiece being a glass carriage and horse that he gifted to the British Royal Family. Seated before the azure flame of a torch, Robert can make a swan appear out of a plain glass tube, bending and blowing the hot, translucent material until it resembles the bird's feathered body and arcing neck, before smashing the piece because he hates swans. From his academy, Robert edifies protégés in the glass-manipulating arts, guiding beginners through creating festive ornaments and tear-drop necklaces, and empowering aspiring artisans to fire up saleable spun glass.