Pumpkins are the official symbol of autumn right next to beautiful color changing foliage. So when we heard The Glass Spot in Richmond, VA. was offering a class in glass blown pumpkins we couldn’t miss out! Not only did we watch a demonstration but we got to make our own glass blown pumpkins! What an wonderful opportunity! They came out absolutely adorable, too!
Look at all the colors you can select from! 😮 The staff was so patient with everyone while we took turns deciding on our color variations.Let’s get started! A staff member got the first step started for us by adding the glass to the rod from a 2000 degree oven! 😮 It was dipped twice to get the right amount. Each time the rod was rolled over the water bubbler. Then it’s time to select a color. You have to slowly keep the rod turning so the glass would not drop off. Looks like I needed to do a bit more spinning. The first color I went with was white. You slowly roll the hot glass across the pan picking up bits of colored glass.Next into the oven to help it adhere. Don’t forget to keep turning it. You wouldn’t want your master piece to be lost in there!Then it gets rolled in another color. Then back into the oven. After that a staff member helped to work the glass and blend the colors.Then into a little mold to help create the pumpkin shape. 🎃Blowing into the tube the little pumpkin is starting to puff up.The glass globe is snapped of the rod.And now it’s ready for a topper. Look how hot that glass is! The color I chose is actually green. The hot glass is twisted around a rod to make the swirling stem. It’s torched to finish the raw edge. Then into the oven to rest and to avoid cracking. The glass will cool down over 24-48 hours and the color will become more vibrant, too. It’s time to pick them up! Aren’t these glass blown pumpkins adorable!?! 😍 My little pumpkin creation.
It was fascinating to watch! After seeing all the glass blow pumpkins (and participating), it really makes you want to create more! We’re thinking we might have to take another trip back for some special ornaments.
Hope you’re enjoying a happy fall! 🍂🎃🍂