At Beverly's Tropical Glass Design we use several different methods for creating our glass work. Here we show you the process for our blown glass, and our carving/etching process.
The first step we use to blow a piece of glass is called Gathering. Here Beverly is collecting glass from the furnace onto the metal pole. The glass furnace is extremely hot operating at 2000 plus degrees.
Here we see excess molten glass drips off the blow pipe.
Beverly Bocking glass to shape it.
Beverly selecting glass to be applied.
During the Marver stage, the glass is rolled onto a steel table to gain an on-center cylinder. In ths particular photo, the hot glass is being rolled in materials to add color to the piece that is being created.
Here the hot glass is put back into what is called a Glory Hole. This is used to remelt the glass to the proper temperature.
More color being applied by Mitch..
Bill and Mitch threading piece with hot glass.
Piece after threading and color applied.
Beverly shaping piece.
Beverly blows into pipe to expand glass as team shapes and cools glass.
Beverly applies lip thread to opening.
Beverly opens piece with jacks..
Beverly spinning out piece to make large wall form.
Beverly spinning out piece to make large wall form. (side view)
Mitch takes piece from Beverly to take to yoke to be removed.
The piece achieves its flared shape, and is ready to be knocked off the punty.
A protective suit is worn to put the final piece in the annealer for slow cooking. If the glass is cooled too quickly it will become unstable and break.
Beverly dancing with guest to celebrate a good night of glass blowing.
Group of people watching Beverly blow glass on Friday.