How to do a Vitrigraph pull -or- How to play with molten glass

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In this Instructable, I will show you how to setup a Vitrigraph (Vitri= glass, graph=write, to write with glass). This technique is a fun way to manipulate glass that doesn’t use a torch or crucible to melt it. The results can be used in glass fusing, glass bead making, or any other way that might be interesting to you!
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Step 1: Ingredients

Small Flower pot made in Italy (found at hardware store)
Compatible glass
A small kiln with layers that can separate, or a kiln specifically used for Vitrigraph
Kiln temperature controller
Permanent marker
Box cutter
Heavy leather gloves
Eye protection
Round file
Needle nose pliers or similar
Long tweezers (12” or so)
Diamond shears or a cheap pair of scissors
Clothes made of natural fibers

Step 2: Disclaimer

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This technique has been successfully used in many glass studios. It consists of “playing” with glass hot enough to move, which is about 1650 degrees Fahrenheit. Even when the glass is no longer glowing, it is still painfully hot. I highly advise that you don’t touch it. I am not responsible for any damage that you do to yourself or others. With that said, if you burn yourself, hold the burn under cold water for at least 5 minutes, and then use your favorite burn remedy. I suggest either lavender oil or healing clay of some variety.
Pickledkitty (author) 1 year ago

Thanks for the Feature;p It is pretty fun Toga_Dan, although using the tubes for glass blowing would be difficult because they come out pretty thin and bottle glass is rather shocky (break up into little hot flying bits) when reintroduced into a torch flame. @Astral_mage, The hot glass won't fall to ground unless you cut it, because it is like working with taffy, for the same reason it isn't really necessary even to wear gloves, the glass doesn't move very fast, and if it is molten, it isn't going to cut you;p It might burn the crap out of you, more so if you have a slow reaction time! Part of the fun of playing with glass is getting burns, but most of the time they are insignificant. @kenralph, I know many glass workers that swear by Lavender Oil, but yes it does need to be essential oil quality. I like nice and cool healing clay, but it tends to make a mess;p

Toga_Dan1 year ago

very cool. looks both fun and a bit dangerous. I suppose that the tubes produced at the end of a batch might be used in glassblowing.

or fall to the ground an break into like a gazillion shards.

and wearing a welders leather jacket as well. to protect yr upper chest, an arms if they get cut bu molten glass.

kenralph1 year ago
lavender oil for a burn..oil? on a burn?? running water for at least 20 minutes. and NOTHING on it


Orngrimm1 year ago

"Most house outlets are rated for no more than 30 amps"
What? Make that 6 or maybe 10 if you live in europe... :)

If you need more than 2.5kW you should go with 400V which often is rated at 20A (8kW).

Wow, looks like fun. thanks for the post