Video: Making a handmade glass bottle from sand is so hard

The concept is easy enough to follow: find sand, melt the crap out of it at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, and then watch sand turn into glass. But when you want to do something with that molten glass like say, make a glass bottle, it gets so much harder. You have to juggle so many skills at once—spinning! blowing!… »9/30/15 2:10pm9/30/15 2:10pm

Making a crystal chandelier is such a beautifully complicated process

Making and bending and shaping crystal into what you want it to be looks like so much fun. The piping hot crystal (which is made from a mixture of silica sand, lead, potash and other ingredients) is heavier and more sparkling than glass and glows this vibrant hue that doesn’t look like it’s from this planet. Here is… »9/23/15 5:35pm9/23/15 5:35pm

Video: Bending light and blowing glass is visually electric

The craft of making neon lights is always so fun for me to see. The way the glass curves and the way the light fills up the tube is like seeing magic light up. Even better is to see the entire process of a neon sign get made, Stray Matter shows Andrew Hibbs at work and it’s pretty awesome to see the flames and… »8/27/15 6:05pm8/27/15 6:05pm

A New Paint Made From Glass Reflects the Sun To Cool Down Cars and Homes

The sun’s harsh rays don’t just turn metal surfaces into flying pans, they can also accelerate deterioration and corrosion, and make it harder to keep structures cool. So researchers at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory created a new type of paint made of glass that reflects those rays away. »8/18/15 10:30am8/18/15 10:30am

Is a Sapphire Glass Apple Watch Even Worth It?

The world’s best (and most expensive) watches all have a sapphire crystal, because sapphire is incredibly hard, making them extremely scratch-resistant and almost scratch-proof under normal use. But sapphire is expensive, so most watches have a glass crystal instead, which isn’t as hard or scratch resistant as… »6/29/15 3:42pm6/29/15 3:42pm

Video: The art of making neon signs looks a lot like pyromancy

Meet Matt Thompson. He’s been making neon signs and blowing glass for over 30 years that he’s basically become a wizard of the bright and glowing arts. Watch him bend tubes and illuminate glass and explain the process of making neon lights in this short documentary. Making neon lights is awesome not just because it… »6/16/15 9:17am6/16/15 9:17am

The making of this black crystal bottle is ridiculously precious

There's a problem when you make things too precious, people are going to be afraid to use it. Take this Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac bottle, it's made by Baccarat Crystal and passes through the hands of twenty people before it's finished. Sure, it's fun to see black crystal transformed into a decanter for liquor… »4/07/15 5:58pm4/07/15 5:58pm