Musician John Long creates glass pieces which he brings on tour and sells during the band's concerts. Here is his fantastic magical green glass frog.
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Materials and Tools:
2 sticks of Green Moss glass color *
1 stick of Dark Ruby Red *
1 stringer of Butterscotch **
2", 18mm diameter rod of borosilicate crystal.
two 7- to 9mm punty rods (borosilicate crystal) ***
* A color rod is usually about as thick as a pencil and 12 to 15 inches long.
** A stringer is a length of color rod, heated up and pulled out to the thickness of a pencil lead.
*** A punty is simply a glass rod that is attached to another piece of glass so that it can be used to manipulate the glass in the flame.
2. Attach the punty; divide the mass for the head and the body. Cook smooth.
3. Break off the punty and melt body in smooth. Gather into a teardrop shape, reheat, and allow body to sag off center.
4. Reattach punty to bottom of body. Cut off the other end, melt the mass in smooth and round to form the head of the frog.
5. Add the mass (Green Moss) to the face of the frog to form a mouth. Add red highlights to the back of the frog.
7. Add the hind legs, two moves per leg. Add the front legs, one move per leg.
8. Add the tail. Punty up to the tail and detach the bottom punty.
10. Remove the punty from the tail, fire polish it, and put the frog in the kiln.
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