Posted on 08/24/2016

Photo taken on August 24, 2016

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The process of glass blowing is long , hot, and arduous and would take far too long to write about here, but I can heartily recommend visiting a glass blowing factory and seeing it in action if you ever get the chance.
Glass colouring and colour marking may be obtained by the addition of colouring ions,by precipitation of nanometer sized colloides (so-called striking glasses such as "gold ruby"or red "selenium ruby"), by colored inclusions (as in milk glass and smoked glass), by light scattering (as in phase separated glass), 5) by dichroic coatings (see dichroic glass), or 6) by colored coatings.

I went to The Alum glass blowing workshop at The Needles in the Isle of Wight, and was amazed at watching the whole process.

Sulphur is used with Iron (Fe) and Carbon (C) to produce amber glass, the colour of which can vary from very light straw to a deep reddish-brown or even black. Under the strongly reducing conditions created by the carbon, iron polysulphides are formed and these give the required depth of colour. Which is what was used in my little glass cat that I bought there.

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Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
It's really lovely! I see you have renamed the Isle of Wight !!!
2 years ago.
fragglerocks has replied to Larry Drummond
hehe, cheers Larry :)
2 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Wow! That's amazing. Great info Fraggs
2 years ago.