Pumpkin Glassblowing Q&A’s

This year, we are happy to announce that Stanton Studios will be opening our shop to the community a bit early to give you the opportunity to create your own glass-blown pumpkin! Though we always have our annual blow your own ornament events in November and December, we’ve expanded our capabilities and are happy to be able to help the public create one-of-a-kind pumpkins before our ornament season begins. Read on to find out about the event and the processes involved in creating these beautiful masterpieces!

This special pumpkin blowing event will occur on October 21st from 8AM to 6PM and we’re so excited! However, since it is our very first year offering pumpkin blowing to the public, we understand that you may have some questions to ask before making an appointment with us. Some of the commonly received questions are:

  1. How large is the pumpkin?

The pumpkins have a diameter of approximately 4 inches. However, the pumpkins can vary slightly in size depending on how hard the participant blows.

  1. How much is it?

Each pumpkin is $45.

  1. How long does it take to make?

Each pumpkin takes about 15 minutes to blow, but needs to cool down slowly in our annealer for 24 hours, so the participant will need to pick up their pumpkins the following day or have them shipped.

  1. Can I customize my pumpkin?

We have multiple different colors and designs to choose from! Whether or not you would like a classic orange speckled pumpkin, or a green and white swirled pumpkin, we have an array of options to choose from.

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Interested in knowing how the process works? Here’s what happens:

  1. Our kiln, which is a furnace that heats the glass, will be heated to 2000 degrees approximately 24 hours prior to the events. After it is fully heated, Jordan will make sure there is a good amount of molten glass to be used in the furnace.
  2. Using a blowpipe, Jordan will gather some molten glass on the end of his blowpipe and then marver – or shape – the molten glass into a cylinder.
  3. Jordan will then add the flecks of color that you choose and place the glass into a furnace to heat up the colors. He will then blow into the end of the blowpipe, filling the molten glass with an air bubble.
  4. After this, he heats the glass in the furnace once again and before placing it inside of a ribbed mold.
  5. Then, it’s the participant’s turn to blow! After attaching a hose to the end of the blowpipe, the participant will blow air into the hose and watch as the glass expands like a balloon being inflated! During this time, Jordan will shape the pumpkin into the correct shape.
  6. He will then make final adjustments. Jordan will break the glass off the blowpipe, attach a bit of molten glass to the top of the pumpkin, and shape a pumpkin stem using a torch and tweezers. The pumpkin will then be housed in the annealer for 6 hours so the glass can cool down slowly and avoid cracking.

Want to know more about our special one-day blow your own pumpkin event? Call us at (800) 619-4882 or email elizabeth@stantonglass.com for more information or to schedule an appointment! Also, stay tuned to our newsletters and social media regarding the blow your own ornament events that will be going on soon!

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