Different Methods of Creating Glassware
Hand-blown glass has become extremely popular in today's society and remains one of the most creative crafts within glassware. From tobacco pipes to beautiful dishware, there are so many choices for you to choose from when creating a hand-blown piece. Remember to do your research on safety precautions as all glassware making poses risks such as cuts and burns.
All mold-blown glass is created by using a similar technique as hand-blown glass. The only difference between the two methods is that mold-blown glass is blown into a hinged steel mold and it offers more control than a hand-blown piece.
Semi-handmade glassware is formed by mouth blowing the initial glass bubble and finishing the piece by blowing the bubble up larger into a hinged steel mold. The compressed air used within the mold is what helps the glass to form into its final shape and it also helps to speed up the production process because of the compression levels.
Hand-pressed glass is created by pouring liquid glass into a steel mold and pressing it with a manual plunger. This particular technique is excellent for any glassware that requires embossed or de-bossed finishes. The simplicity of creating hand-pressed glass makes the production and distribution process of the glassware very quick and efficient.
Machine Made Glass
This method is completed by using machinery that completes all of the pouring, pressing and molding of the liquid glass. Although this method is very quick and efficient, there is less room for creativity than hand-blown and hand-pressed pieces. Although you can create any shaped steel mold you desire, creating the steel mold brings a lot more work on than just mouth blowing the glass into your desired shape.
Video demonstrating the process of pressing glass:
It's worth considering how to complete the finished look for your glass piece. It's currently popular to use glass decals to decorate your master piece.