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post Jun 8 2009, 09:48 AM
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A little over two years ago I met a glass bloser from Nagasaki, and I talked to him about trying to make some Absinthe glasses, since I just can't find any in Japan to buy. I faxed him some pictures and a description in my limited Japanese ability. He tried. He didn't really succeed.

If I did this right I just put a picture of the two glasses he made in this message. If not I have no idea where it just went :)

One of the glasses' resevoir is almost right on 30ml, but nothing else is quite the right size, so he wants to make it while I'm there to tell him what to do I guess. So on Saturday I'm going to Nagasaki and we're going to try. Does anyone have any experience or advice?

I don't know what you'd call this. Free hand glass blowing? No molds. I was also wondeirng about making molds. I could do some in ceramic, but I don't know if that is ever used. There is no was I could ever make metal molds, but I have access to a few different kilns, so if I could manage to make and fire a mold in clay I wonder if it would be usable.

Sorry if my train of though wanders through the hills a little :)
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post Jun 8 2009, 10:45 AM
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Can't see the pic, do you have the direct URL ?

Maybe this page could help a little : http://www.oxygenee.com/absinthe/glasses3.html
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post Jun 8 2009, 11:27 AM
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Ceramic molds have been used at least since Roman times to make bottles and glasses … so it might just work. Especially if the guy's a talented glass blower.

I talked to a glass blower friend of mine and he said it wasn't a bad idea.

I don't have much more advice then that though … sorry.

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post Jun 8 2009, 12:41 PM
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Wooden molds were often used but hard to make .
A cast refractory material would be easier to make , even plaster could work for a few dozen runs .


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post Jun 9 2009, 11:21 AM
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QUOTE(mthuilli @ Jun 8 2009, 07:45 PM) *

Can't see the pic, do you have the direct URL ?

Maybe this page could help a little : http://www.oxygenee.com/absinthe/glasses3.html


I've seen that webpage before, but thanks for pointing it out again! I'd forgotten. As for the pic, I tried to upload it directly into the message from my computer. I don't have it up anywhere else. I don;t know why it failed.
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post Jun 9 2009, 11:24 AM
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QUOTE(Tirador @ Jun 8 2009, 08:27 PM) *

Ceramic molds have been used at least since Roman times to make bottles and glasses … so it might just work. Especially if the guy's a talented glass blower.



Thanks, I wasn't sure about ceramic. Everywhere I checked just had metal and wood. I'd think wood would burn down a bit evertime you used it. Now we'll just have to see if I can make a mold! :)
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post Jun 9 2009, 11:25 AM
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QUOTE(Kirk @ Jun 8 2009, 09:41 PM) *

even plaster could work for a few dozen runs .



I never would have guessed that! I would have just thought a plaster cast would crumble away! I've used them for pottery, but I never would have thought you could use them for molten glass! :)
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post Jun 9 2009, 12:01 PM
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You can upload the picture from your computer directly here : http://imageshack.us/

Then you just post the url that Imageshack will provide you.
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post Jun 9 2009, 12:08 PM
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post Jun 9 2009, 12:15 PM
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QUOTE(OCvertDe @ Jun 9 2009, 04:08 AM) *

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I don't know if I'd say that … there are a couple places south of there that are far nicer (and more remote) in my opinion. Fukuoka can be pretty cool though.
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post Jun 9 2009, 01:20 PM
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QUOTE(OCvertDe @ Jun 9 2009, 09:08 PM) *


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You've been to Chikugo? Or to Fukuoka? Fukuoka has some nice places, but Chikugo is fairly boring really :)

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post Jun 9 2009, 01:22 PM
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Yeah! I've got the picture working! I think the last time it was too big.

So these are the first attemp by the glassblower by himself, and hopefully I'll be halping him make something better in a few days!
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post Jun 9 2009, 02:12 PM
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Those look like nice hand-made glasses, and it must be fun for you to see them coming to life from your own request! Since you're asking for reactions, I'll state the obvious: just be sure that the top of the glass will hold at least four times the volume of the reservoir at the bottom.
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post Jun 9 2009, 03:00 PM
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QUOTE(Wild Bill Turkey @ Jun 9 2009, 11:12 PM) *

Those look like nice hand-made glasses, and it must be fun for you to see them coming to life from your own request! Since you're asking for reactions, I'll state the obvious: just be sure that the top of the glass will hold at least four times the volume of the reservoir at the bottom.


Yep. I also want him to shorten up the foot. I'm hoping the next bunch will be about the same hieght, but with the increased upper size.

I'm really looking forward to going to his place. He uses only recycled glass, and he made his kiln/oven (what ever you call it for a glass blower) by himself. This is gonna be fun!!! I'm probably going to come home with almost no arm hair though I'll bet! :)
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I don't know about shortening the stem. You don't want to have to cup the reservoir in your hand. The point of having a stem is to help keep the drink cold by giving you another way to hold the glass.
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