December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21
It is that time! We are holding our fifth annual Blow-Your-Own Ornament events here at Stanton Studios. We are excited to have the public back out for this holiday tradition.
These events will be held every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, starting November 15th and continuing on through December 21st.
We have over 50 different colored frits (glass) to choose from, and several different designs that can be used for each ornament! Up to three colors can be used per ornament, and our master glassblower will create ornament based on the colors and design of your choice.
The events will also include a coffee and hot chocolate area for the cold weather, Christmas decorations, candy, and music! Grab your family and friends and start your own Christmas tradition. Ornaments take about 10 minutes to make, and the event is by appointment only.
All ages can participate in the events, and the actual “blowing” of the ornament is fairly simple. Blowing the molten glass into an orb for an ornament is similar to blowing up a balloon. While Jordan will handle the shaping of the ornament and the addition of the colors, the participant will blow it into shape. The ornaments are about three inches in diameter, but can vary slightly since each one is homemade.
Your ornament will not be ready to take home the same day because the glass is still 900 degrees at the end of the process. It will need to cool down slowly in the annealer overnight and will be ready for pickup the next business day (we are closed on Sundays). We also have delivery and shipping options available, if needed.
Ornaments are $40 each, and groups of 8 or more are welcome to tour our stained glass studio after making their ornaments.
Interested in knowing more about the process of making an ornament? Here’s how it’s done:
- Our kiln, which is a furnace that heats the glass, will be heated to 2000 degrees approximately 24 hours prior to the events.
- 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.
- He will then add the flecks of color that you choose and place the glass into a furnace to heat up the colors.
- Next he will blow into the end of the blowpipe, filling the molten glass with an air bubble.
- After this, he will heat the glass in the furnace once again before placing a hose on the end of the blowpipe for the participant to use to blow their ornament.
- 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 ornament into the correct shape.
- He will then make final adjustments. While his assistant, Tim, cuts a jack line and breaks the glass off the blowpipe, Jordan will go to the kiln and get more glass on another blowpipe and attach the bit of molten glass to the top of the ornament to make a hook using a torch and tweezers. The ornament will then be housed in the annealer for 24 hours so the glass can cool down slowly and avoid cracking.
Come with family and friends, and leave with a glass-blown masterpiece and one-of-a-kind memories. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (254) 829-1151.