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item# GD05 - swan Theme: clear hand blown glass swan vases and SWAN centerpieces:
Unique, Elegant, Hand Blown Crystal Clear Glass Swan Vases. Beautiful Glass SWAN Centerpieces to use for your Swan Theme Wedding, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day or Quinceanera.


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 Swan Vases

Hi Anna,
I just found out that for every oz. of liquid the container holds you should just about double it for sand. I filled one of the swan vases with water it held just shy of 32 ozs. so that would b 64 ozs. of sand or 4 lbs. You can pass this on to others if you are asked again. I also found a web site to purchase the sand for a good price, its www.sandartsupplies.com. I am attaching a picture of the glass swan vases I did for my wedding however it was our mock set up, unfortunately I don't have a good picture of them on the tables. I plan to mimic it with the sand when I get it and I can send you a picture of that if you would like.
Thanks
Kellie

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Glass SWan Vases

Hello Anna,

I wanted to thank you for all of your help when I was ordering glass swan vases for my wedding. You were very helpful and the swan vases were beautiful. Everybody loved them.
Thanks Shante.

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Glass swan vases

Hi Anna,

I have attached a couple of pictures of the glass swan vases at my wedding. They turned out perfect; exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks,

Carly

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Hi Anna.

I haven't spoke with you for a while. I ordered my swans in October of 2013 and was finally married June 28, 2014. I wanted to send you pictures of the swans on the tables as centerpieces (as per my email on November 1, 2013).

I received nothing my compliments on the swans. That is a huge thank you to you, your company and the glass blower. I am so happy with how they turned out.

Thank you again.
Julia, MD


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Hi Anna,

We started to decorate these glass swan vases for the baby shower. The reason blue sand and blue velvet ribbon were used is because the baby will be a boy. I think these swans will make a nice presentation and let people know how much we appreciate them attending this baby shower. It will be in the winter and most people will be a distance from the shower location. We thought about colored water but thought it might be messy with transporting. We, also, thought about colored stones but thought they would be too rough for this delicate glass and would be impossible to have in the neck and head area. The sand works well and gives the swans some strength and weight to the delicate and beautiful glasswork. This crafter is quite talented. I wish we could have seen him making the glass swan vases! This gifted artist is extremely talented! Also, to our amazement, the swans all looked exactly the same even though we knew each one was blown separately.

Anna, we also appreciate that you respond to emails and that you had a phone number for detail questions about our glass swan vases order. We were happy that the turnaround for our order was fast. Thanks again!

Diane, PA

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Beautiful swan centerpieces or favors for any celebration:

Weddings
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Sweet 15
Baby shower and individual favors
Quinceanera
Prom
Anniversary Party
Valentine's Day
Mother's Day
Secretary's Week
Bridesmaide Luncheon and the list goes on....


These Glass Swan Vases are NOT IMPORTED FROM CHINA, but are beautifully handcrafted by our artisan in the United States. Our artisan has been mastering this craftsmanship called lampworking for over 30 years. Unlike other imitators who use soft soda glass, we only use high quality glass, PYREX to design these glass swan vases.

These glass swans comes in 3 sizes:
Medium (approx 7"H), Large (approx 9"H) and XL (approx 12"H)

Swans are one of the most beautiful birds God created in this world. Swans are often represented as signs of love, purity and grace. They are said to be "mated for life". When 2 swans pair, they form a shape of a heart.

By using these beautiful hand blown glass swan vases as your wedding centerpieces, you can show your guest the love and affection you have for one another. As you exchange your vows as man and wife, your two hearts become as one.
Besides using these glass swan vases at your wedding reception, many customers have used them as wedding favors, baby shower centerpieces, baby shower favors, gifts...

When our glass swans are filled with water and flowers, they carry an average make-up of 2-3 times their cost!

2 SWANS FACING EACH OTHER - MAKE A HEART SHAPE!

Please allow 3 - 4 weeks to process your order.



Item #: GD05-M (Medium - approx 7" H)

Minimum order: 24
(orders will not be processed if less than 24)


Price: $6.75 ea.



Item #: GD05-L (Large - approx 9" H)

Minimum order: 12
(orders will not be processed if less than 12)


Price: $12.75 ea.


Item #: GD05-XL (X-Large - approx 12" H)

Minimum order: 8
(orders will not be processed if less than 8)


Price: $16.75


As you know, most favors are tailored to meet each individual's need. We feel that this type of service requires personal interaction that tends to be lost when using a shopping cart type of ordering system.

If you are interested in ordering this product or have any questions, you may email us, or give us a call at .
203-509-1490
Customer Testimonial

Hi Anna,
We received your hand blown glass swan vases on Friday, they are beautifull. Thank you for everything.

Sue, CT

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Hi Anna,

The glass swan vases look beautiful. What an amazing skill and craftmanship!!!

Huyen, NM

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Anna:
The 26 Glass Swan Vases arrived today in good shape. Not one was broken, and they are just what we were looking for.

Thanks you so very much.

Lee, IL

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Hi Anna, I recieved my glass swan vases today and they are lovely! They are going to be perfect for the wedding! Thanks again!

Laurie, FL
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Anna:

I was very surprised to have received the glass swan vases today since I was not expecting them until December. I think that they are absolutely beautiful. Every swan vase was packed perfectly and none were broken. I do believe that they will make a beautiful swan centerpiece for my daughter's wedding. Once again, thank you

Margaret, NJ

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I need to tell you everyone love the glass swan vases! I'll send you pictures when I get them
Thanks


Irma, NJ

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Hi Anna:

The glass swan vases came already and they are lovely...no damage!

Thank you for your help and I hope I can send more business your way!

Millie, CA

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Hi Anna,
Thanks for checking in with me. Yes, I received the glass swan vases and they look beautiful! They should work our perfectly as my wedding centerpieces. Two of the swans were broken when I received them (which is why I ordered extra!) and I was going to contact you to see what to do in this case. Do I need to return the broken pieces to receive a refund? Otherwise how do you know that they're broken? Just let me know what to do from here. But I do love the swans! Thank you Anna.

Carly, CA


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A BRIEF HISTORY OF LAMPWORKING
by Robert A. Mickelsen

Although there is no real way to accurately determine the age of lampworking because many of the techniques associated with working glass at a flame were established long before the first lamp, or burner, was developed; lampworking as we know it today was born with the Italian Renaissance. Angelo Barovier, working on Murano, created, "cristallo" -- a clear soda glass -- in 1450. As chemical science developed through the inquiries of alchemists, there arose a concurrent need for clear, durable vessels to contain, mix, and measure components. No material was better suited for the task than this new clear glass. The first apparati were primitive and not really precise. Off-hand, pipe, glass blowing was poorly suited for making the necessary objects: Off-hand techniques simply could not provide the precision demanded and the energy demands for full scale furnace work seemed wasteful of a tremendous amount of energy and natural resources (glass furnaces were fueled by cutting down the forests of Europe) to produce such small things.

The search for precision led (al)chemists to technical advancements: by forcing a narrow stream of air into the flame of an oil lamp, sufficient heat could be generated to soften and work small pieces of glass. However, this stream of air had to be continuous to yield the desired results. At first the fledgling lampworkers actually blew through a tube directed at the flame, but dizziness brought on by hyperventilation made this solution good only for very short periods. The next step was a hand bellows, but this did not produce a constant stream of air as the bellows had to be released in order to refill with air for the next pump, and it made modeling difficult as the craftsman had to hold it in one of his hands. These drawbacks were overcome by adding an expandable bladder to the bellows and developing a foot bellows which allowed the worker to use both hands at all times.

The versatility of this new technology was quickly apparent and gave the lampworker several important advantages over the glassblower. Because the lampworker was able to selectively heat the object by directing the flame at a specific area, he could realize exacting procedures which were extremely difficult for the off-hand glassblower, who could only reheat the entire piece all at once. Additionally, as the energy demands of lampworking were just a tiny fraction of those of glassblowing, it was much more economical and lampworked creations could be afforded by common people.

By the beginning of the 18th century localized industries devoted to making small items for public consumption had sprung up all over Europe. The town of Nevers, France, was noted for tiny figurines of people and farm animals which were so popular that their production continued until the beginning of this century. The village of Lauscha, Germany, was entirely employed in the making of Christmas ornaments at the lamp. Venice itself employed lampworking techniques in making beads and millefiori, tiny murrines that looked like flowers.

At the turn of the 20th century the Polish father and son team, Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka, combined to create what is arguably the most stunning example of lampwork the world has ever seen. They were already well known for their glass models of marine life when Virginia Ware of the Harvard Botanical Museum commissioned them to undertake a mammoth project, the creation of detailed botanical models of every known variety of common plant in Europe. Using only a simple bellows-driven lamp and a variety of home-made tools, the Blaschkas produced the models with wire frameworks to give them structure and enamels and paints to duplicate the coloration and texture of the plants. For the next thirty years they created some 800 models. The results were stunning! The models are so lifelike that even close scrutiny cannot distinguish between the glass and the "real thing". Most are still on display at Harvard's Peabody Museum. To this day, no one has ever succeded in reproducing the Blaschkas's techniques or in duplicating the quality of their work.

The demand for refined scientific instruments continued unabated through the 19th century. Although equipment and tools became more sophisticated, the basic material -- the glass formulas -- were the same as when invented more than 200 years before. Therefore, the apparati were prone to leaching when exposed to caustic chemicals and had a tendency to shatter when repeatedly heated and cooled. In 1924 scientists working at the glass factories in Corning, New York, invented a new, more resilient glass which was composed of a large percentage of uncombined silica, used boron instead of soda or lead, and contained a small percentage of aluminum for clarity. This new borosilicate glass, named Pyrex, has a very low coefficient of expansion and is very resistant to thermal and physical shock. As it is about 15% lighter by volume than traditional glass, but much stronger, Pyrex was ideal for apparati. However there was one problem: the melting temperature was so high that the forced-air lamps could not melt the glass and the material could not be worked. Borrowing from the welding trade and combining oxygen and natural gas, new burners were designed that produced a flame of sufficient heat to melt Pyrex; and torches clamped to the lampworker's bench top replaced traditional oil lamps. These too were eventually replaced by the modem surface-mix bench burners in use today.

The advent of Pyrex revolutionized lampworking in north America. Although developed for scientific instruments, Pyrex soon found its way into the hands of artists and artisans who adapted the glass for "artistic" and novelty pieces. "Glassblowers" began popping up at county fairs and tourists traps across the United States making and selling their items in front of appreciative crowds. No one called it art, but everyone enjoyed it just the same, and all across America the public came to associate "glassblowing" with the lampworkers they encountered at carnivals, theme parks and, later shopping malls --blown swans filled with colored water, little spun glass ships, animals that could be made cheaply and sold quickly. Quality and creativity were not relevant issues and lampworkers copied each other mercilessly until all novelty lampwork started to look alike.

In Europe, however, the introduction of borosilicate glass did not denote the death toll for old traditions. In Lauscha, local craftsmen continued working strictly with German soda-lime glass, busily perfecting centuries-old techniques and, at times, unconsciously crossing the line from novelty to art. In particular, Albin Schaedel, developed and perfected a technique -- montage -- that came to characterize East German lampwork from the l960's on. Montage is simply the assembly of many pieces of tubing into one large bubble which is then shaped into a final vessel form. This technique is incredibly difficult and time consuming, and Schaedel and a few other Lauschans are the only ones in the world who have mastered it. The resulting vessels are impossibly intricate and very, very beautiful. Perhaps the greatest master craftsman from Lauscha is Kurt Wallstab, whose work is internationally acclaimed for its beauty and perfection.

Venetian lampworkers also clung tenaciously to their traditional soda glass formulas, primarily for color compatibility, especially as the Moretti factory there continued to produce a broad spectrum of brilliantly colored cane, which local lamp workers were busily mastering to create brightly colored pieces of a quality unequaled anywhere in the world. Modern masters like Lucio Bubacco, Vittorio Costantini, and Gianni Toso carry on the Venetian traditions and techniques.

However,in Czechoslovakia one remarkable woman, Vera Liskova, elevated borosilicate lampworking into a fine art. Her large, striking, abstract sculptures captured the imagination of art critics and collectors during the 1970's until her untimely death in 1979. Liskova's influence can be seen today in the work of several prominent East European lampworkers including the Poles Paulina Komorovska and Anna Skibska who make large, fragile, austere sculpture composed of impossibly thin pieces of glass assembled into a greater whole.

Godo Frabel, a young East German who had completed his apprenticeship with Jena Glaswerke in Mainz, emigrated to the United States in 1965 and got a job as a scientific glass blower in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1968 realized his life long dream by establishing his own studio and gallery which presented lampworking as a true art medium for the first time in America. He specialized in the depiction of everyday objects in glass in unexpected contexts: a sculpture of coat hangers, a row of giant glass nails pounded into a plank with a glass hammer frozen in mid-strike, a faucet with a drop of water suspended forever. Frabel's innovative approach to lampworking was an inspiration to a generation of lampworkers, many of whom copied him shamelessly, but all of whom were deeply influenced by him. All across America, young lampworkers followed Frabel's example and tried, with varying degrees of success, to emulate his approach.

One of these was a young woman who had just received her degree in fine art from the University of Georgia--Ginny Ruffner. She began working for Frabel in 1975 and, although her background was in painting, she saw something in the glass that intrigued her. She worked with Frabel for five years, developing her ability, then set out on her own and began exploring her own vision of lampworked glass as a serious art medium. Her work was so unique in its approach, so undeniably creative, that she received almost immediate acclaim. By sandblasting the glass, she found that she could then paint on the surface. The rough surface allowed paint to adhere to the non-porous material and, suddenly, the possibilities were endless. The results were undeniably art and, for the first time lampworking was recognized as a medium for fine art by art critics, gallery owners, and collectors. Ginny had cleared the way, and soon the path was filled with young artists, emboldened by her success. The old image of the carnival novelty, the side show attraction, was swiftly replaced by a new breed of daring and innovative artists who were not afraid to break rules and turn their backs on tradition.

In the past ten years a revolution of sorts has taken place in lampwork, not just in the acceptance on the part of the public, but in the vision lampworkers have of themselves. Traditional themes have given way to outrageous forms of expression and endless experimentation. Lampworked art is being shown and sold along side painting and sculpture in the finest art galleries in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Around the world flameworking artists of all nations share a hunger for knowledge, both technical and esoteric, that will drive the development of this medium for years to come.

Article source: http://www.artofvenice.com/art/Lampwork1.htm





 
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