How to Make a Glass-Blown Rose Perfume Bottle

Make a romantic, elegantly shaped perfume bottle with a painted rose design.

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Heidi Schmenk, studio director of Glass Axis in Columbus, Ohio, demonstrates how to make a glass perfume bottle decorated with silica-based paints and an etched bottle stopper. Basic glassblowing techniques, knowledge and tools are necessary for this project.

Materials Needed:

  • jacks
  • diamond shears
  • tweezers
  • wooden blocks
  • wet newspaper
  • wooden paddle
  • bench
  • marver
  • glory hole
  • annealing oven
  • small furnace
  • blowpipe
  • flexible blow tube
  • colored glass: black color bar, black and white glass powder
  • silica-based paints
  • paintbrushes (ends sharpened for scratching details into paint)
  • glass palette
  • palette knife
  • rag
  • glass grinding equipment: diamond wheel
  • acid-etch paste
  • punty rod
  • dark safety glasses
  • face shield
  • Kevlar gloves
  • high-grade insulation (Fiberfrax)

Steps:

1. Gather clear, molten glass onto a blowpipe from the furnace. Blow a small bubble into the glass.

2. On a separate punty rod, pick up chunk of colored glass and heat it in a glory hole until it is the consistency of honey (roughly 2100 degrees F).

3. Drop the hot colored glass onto the tip of the bubble, which is still attached to the blowpipe. Cut the colored glass free of the punty with diamond shears.

4. Reheat the bubble in the glory hole and roll it over the marver table. The color pushes back over the clear bubble, creating a solid colored bubble.

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