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How to Pick a Glassblowing Kit

Learn from expert Ed Donovan how to pick a glassblowing kit in this Howcast video.


Hi, my name’s Ed Donovan and I am here at DC GlassWorks. You can find us at We are a public access glassblowing facility, we also do metal and metal casting and welding. We are primarily a teaching facility. We want to share with people the magic of glassblowing, it’s an amazing substance and today, I’m going to be talking to you about glassblowing. Uh, how to choose a glassblowing kit. Uh, there’s not a lot of options. Um, your hand tools, there’s a, a few really quality makers. Uh, again, you’re probably gonna want to do a web search to find some uh retail outlets for the tools that uh that are made for glassblowers. They’re pretty highly specialized, they’re fairly expensive, um your, your tools are all sold individually, so there’s not really a kit per se. Uh, but basically what you want your jacks, uh and they come in a couple of different sizes but your standard size would be a nine inch blade. Uh, your tweezers which also come in uh three different sizes or there are even more than that but your typical medium size tweezers uh, one straight sheer, uh again a medium sheer size uh, and then again, the diamond sheer uh is a is a standard, there’s three sizes for those uh small, medium, large. You would probably choose a medium. So your standard kit for glassblowing uh includes those four basic hand tools and if you set those up on your bench you should be able to do pretty much um all of the beginning and even the most of the, most advanced uh aspects of glassblowing with the basic set-up kit.

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