Learn to Blow Glass

Glass blowing is a wonderful hobby that results in some beautiful artwork for your home. My name is Natalie, and I started in glass blowing as a hobbyist, but now I teach classes in this skill. Some people think glass blowing is difficult or dangerous. That's not the case at all. As you build your skill level, you will find that you learn very quickly. In this blog, I will examine the misconceptions about glass blowing and teach you some of the techniques. I will also give you helpful tips about where to find a glass so you can practice this new skill yourself.

Avoiding The Man In The Mirror: How To Incorporate Glass (With Class) Into Your Home Decor


Glass is a lovely, classy material to use in your home's décor – but short of installing a mirror or two in every room, you could be at a loss when it comes to actually finding ways to implement it. But it doesn't have to be this way; glass is a rather flexible decorative touch, able to be used for everything from dining to lighting. So if you're a little stuck for ideas on how to incorporate glass classily into your home's décor, then here are a few ideas to get you started.   

Glass Table

Usually made out of thicker glass, a glass table in a designated dining room is one way to easily add a sophisticated focal point without overdoing it. Glass tables are at their best when the top of the glass (at the very least) is etched with a design (like in this example), removing the need for a tablecloth to add visual interest to the piece. While the exact etching design should be left up to you, in order to blend with the rest of your home's theme, nature patterns such as leaves, vines, and flowers are often recommended, due to their simple beauty and infinite variety.

Glass Railing

Modern and open, a glass railing on the side of your stairs (usually topped with a handrail of a different material for a beautifully dynamic look) can get rid of the cave-like feeling that can come from solid railings and opens up the staircase, allowing light to reflect even further in your house. Finishing it off with a wooden or stainless steal handrail (depending if you're going for a more traditional or an ultra-modern look, respectively) allows for the support one needs while not cutting off the open space established by the glass railing.

Glass Lighting

Proper lighting is, as always, everything, and using glass for your lighting will change the way your home looks. Both by reflecting and refracting the light they give off, glass lighting (such as a glass chandelier, or glass sconces) can let that light reach further into your home, but without the harsh glare or overpowering, near blinding level of light you'd get from attempting to mimic the effect with little ports of light all around your house. If you don't have the time or money for a glass chandelier, consider investing in a glass lampshade, which does the same thing (albeit on a smaller basis) and can act as a focal point for the room.

For further assistance, contact local glass professionals, such as those from Park Glass Inc.


27 May 2016