Each mold creates an individual cloud of dust, which Todd describes as “art glass”. The cloud will eventually become a beautiful piece of art.
All art glass marbles are created on solid steel [a], which means that they are created on the end of a long, thin rod. Todd explains that the glittering quality is the work of blowing gas into the marble while it is still molten. In order to create uniform art glass marbles, it’s important that all marbles are created on the same size and strength of steel rod. Some marbles don’t have the ability to withstand this extreme pressure or are not created at all. Todd speculates that this may be because different types of marble are mixed with additives to produce different qualities.
Made From Clay
All art glass marbles that are created are made from clay. Todd says that there are several types of clay used for this purpose, but he would only suggest the common white clay. White clay can be purchased from art supply stores, specialty craft and tile stores, and even online. Todd advises that you should never purchase clay that contains asbestos.
Many people wonder how the finished product of the art glass marbles turns out. In order to create consistent art glass marbles, Todd says that the art glass pieces need to be carefully blown. When blowing them, it’s important that the marble is completely free of air bubbles. Once the marble has been properly blown, it must be carefully crumbled. This process must be done very slowly and it must be done until the piece has a smooth, uniform color.
A Variety Of Sizes Available
There are many unique characteristics about art glass marbles. For instance, there are a variety of sizes available. They can range in size from a small pebble to a large slab. Some pieces may be round, some may be square, and some may even be rectangular. Some marbles have small bumps or protrusions in their surface. These are called ladies.
Another unique characteristic about art glass marbles is that, as they age, they change the color of their surface. In most cases, the color will become darker. It’s interesting to note that this color change is also the reason why some of the marbles turn black when they’re exposed to fire or sunlight. The blackening of the marble occurs when it comes into contact with these elements.
Created In Two Different Ways
Art glass marble is created in two different ways. One type of method produces larger sized art stones while the other produces small, thinner tiles. Both types of marble are generally made from clay. Clay is a type of mud that can hold the weight of many different kinds of stone. In the case of clay, this means that the marbles can be larger in size than would be possible if the marble was created from a solid rock.
Art glass marble is often compared to Chinese checkers because both marbles contain a similar number of unique characteristics. Like Chinese checkers, the main characteristic of art glass marble is that it is usually created from clay. In addition, the thickness of the marble varies, with some marbles being as thin as paint bristles while others are as thick as a thick book. Most Chinese checkers are one or two inches thick.
A Large Variety Of Colors
Both types of marbles can have a large variety of colors. This allows the creator to create a beautiful array of different colored marbles that can be used for different interior applications. When comparing art glass marbles to Chinese checkers, one might also like to compare them to other types of colored marbles such as agate. Agate, which is formed from quartz crystal, is a translucent, semi-precious stone that is normally found in southwest Asia and southwestern China. It is most commonly found in wall carvings and as a type of floor tile.
As far as coloration is concerned, both types of marble are colorful, due to the clay that they are made from. However, due to the manufacturing process that is used, art glass marbles may sometimes have a higher concentration of clay minerals that makes them more vibrant in color. It is also possible to find art glass marbles that contain only very tiny amounts of clay minerals. These types of marble are softer, but they are still considered to be highly decorative.
These are some of the different types of glass marble that are available for purchase. Each one of these marbles has its own unique look and texture. The biggest difference between all of these types of marbles is their transparency. They each have their own type of semi-transparent, translucent coating on the bottom surface. There are also some variations in these types of marbles such as how thick or thin they are.