If you want to bend glass to create a unique design, there are several ways to do it. Some involve equipment you may already have around your home, while others require professional help. You can use glass tubes or rods fired in a kiln to create a curved shape. The process is known as cold bending. This type of bending is an attractive way to make a curved glass surface. Whether making a glass wall or a window, you can get a beautiful and durable result with this method.
Use an alcohol burner or flame spreader for bending glass:
You can also use an alcohol burner or a flame spreader for glass bending. For larger pieces of glass, you may need to use positive pressure to prevent the tube from rupturing. For smaller tubes, it isn’t necessary. Depending on your glass tubing size and bending, you may need to rotate the tube during the bending process to heat the entire length.
Select a glass tubing or stringer to work with:
The first step is to select a glass tubing or stringer to work with. This can be either a piece of glass with a label on it or borosilicate glass. You can also work with flint glass, a laboratory, or art glass. If you don’t have these materials, you can always work with a propane torch or gas stove burner.
Be sure you’re comfortable working with the glass you’re using before you begin:
Before you begin, you should be sure that you’re comfortable working with the glass you’re using. If you’re unsure, you should seek the advice of an experienced glassblower. The technique of bending glass can be learned and perfected over time. However, it does require a fair amount of effort and an investment in equipment. You should also be aware that if you use the wrong tool, you can cause damage to the glass. Luckily, there are videos available that show you how to use different types of bending tools.
Be careful about the temperature of the flame you are using:
You should also be careful about the temperature of the flame you are using. It would help if you never used glass on an uninsulated surface. You should also keep the glass away from the edge of the flame. The hot part of the flame is at the top of the inner cone of the alcohol flame. If your flame is too low, you will get a lot of smoke.