As I have previously mentioned in past blog posts, I LOVE Groupon. My friend and I are always looking for fun, new things to do, and Groupon never disappoints. I am a big believer in that experiences, rather than material things, are a true gift. So, when it came time for my friend’s birthday I took to Groupon and found a glass blowing workshop. It sounded fun and was something we had never tried, so I bought it. There were options for a 1-hour workshop or a 3 hour; having never done it before, I got us the 1-hour workshop (I believe it was $85 for the 2 of us).
We booked our session for a Saturday afternoon in early December. There were other scheduled for our class, but they never showed, so it was essentially a one-on-one lesson for us. We had to choose our project first. We could choose from a pumpkin, an ornament, or a paperweight. We then had to choose or colors; each project could be 2-3 colors, and they had a big choice of colors.
Next came the glass blowing. Safety glasses are a must and we also had to wear sleeves to protect our arms from the heat. The furnace that the melted glass is kept in is well over 500 degrees (I can’t remember the exact temperature, but it was REALLY hot) and the furnace that you spin the glass in is around 400 degrees.
Once you have scooped up the glass you spin it…and spin it…and spin it. It is then brought over to the crushed glass and dipped in the colors that you chose. Once the colors are applied, it is placed into the 2nd furnace and…you guessed it…spin it, spin it, and spin it some more. Once spun, then comes the blowing…while spinning it. Another person blows the glass while you spin it. You then cut it and use the blowtorch to seal it. It’s kind of scary that anyone let me near a blowtorch, but I digress.
As I mentioned, we were the only 2 people in our class and the ornaments that we chose didn’t take long so we were given the option of doing another for $20, so we did. My friend did another ornament and I did a paperweight, though the pumpkins are super cute. We did those and were told we could pick up our projects any time after they opened Monday and they came out great! The paperweight is the blog picture.
If you want to check out their website, look no further than https://www.1hotpieceofglass.com. I love the fact that their website is 1 Hot Piece of Glass. You can book classes on there or you can order products. Also, if you are local, I’m sure there is a Groupon available. If you are not local, check out Groupon for classes local to you. You will love it!