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What You'll Get
- One-Hour Tobacco Pipe Flameworking Workshop for One
- One-Hour Tobacco Pipe Flameworking Workshop for Two
- One-Hour Tobacco Pipe Flameworking Workshop for Four
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During this one-hour participants can create a tobacco pipe using the flame-working method.
Glass Blowing: From Bubbles to Baubles
Based in simple chemistry, the techniques behind glass blowing have barely changed in 2,000 years.
Armed with only a hollow tube and a few deep breaths, an artist can shape this glowing liquid into colorful pieces of art ranging from vases and pipes to sculptures and useless swords. Forming a solid structure from a liquid may seem like medieval alchemy, but it’s all possible thanks to the unique properties of glass. Though virtually solid at room temperature, glass has a molecular structure closer to that of a liquid, with a relatively random organization of molecules rather than a rigid, orderly arrangement. In fact, purists would describe glass as a super-cooled liquid with such a high viscosity that it resembles a normal solid. When heated, the materials that make up glass—typically silicon dioxide (sand), sodium oxide (soda), and calcium oxide (lime)—soften, allowing a glassblower, or gaffer, to manipulate the mixture’s shape in its molten form. Once cooled, the glass retains its shape—until, of course, it shatters when an opera singer hits a high note and drops it on the floor.
Since most glass is naturally transparent, a gaffer must add metal oxides to the molten blend to give it color. Different metals determine the hue of the final product: cobalt lends the glass a blue tone, gold a ruby red sheen, and manganese an amethyst tint.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). May be repurchased every 30 days. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.