Zap! Pow! Blown Glass!

Jeff Burnette has been working in hot glass since 1979 and these unique ray guns are only an example of his works. He runs Joe Blow Glassworks, a 2700 square foot glass blowing facility located in the eastside warehouse district of Vancouver, British Columbia. Everything in the studio, other than the foundation walls, was built from scratch. It used to be a machine shop, hence the custom car & painted flames motif. Thru the studio, Jeff hopes to raise awareness of glass as a medium, and strengthen public appreciation for fine craft. His website is transparent (seriously, that was not intended) and describes each process in a way even us laymen can understand. Of the unique look that these “Raygunz” have he says, “The raygun is a bubble of hot glass with a transparent color on the inside. The silvering is a solution of silver nitrate, ammonia, and distilled water that is mixed and poured into the open end of the gun. The silver sticks to the inside of the piece just like a mirror. The final step is chemically bonding a machined stainless steel end to the piece.” They certainly look capable of fending off some invading aliens, as long as you don’t drop ’em. PEW-PEW, PEW, PEW!

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  • Eric Martin Schmidt  On July 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    This are amazing!! Great for grown-ups but also for the little ones. I love the idea of giving real art to the kids and letting them know that a real person took time to craft it, instead of some piece of junk plastic from Wal-Mart. Letting them know about the process can open up their imaginations.

  • Chacidy  On October 19, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I’m impressed by your writing. Are you a pfroessinoal or just very knowledgeable?

    • hangwithbigpictureframing  On October 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      uh, thanks! I’m not a professional writer, but posting 4 times a week means I’ve had to brush up on some skills quite a bit. Mostly it comes from spending too much time online reading other people’s styles and researching.
      ‘Glad you stopped by 🙂

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