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Old 2018-05-08, 5:53am
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Hi all! I'm hoping to get back into glass making in a few months. I used to do some work in soft glass but realized that I wanted more than a hot head. It wasn't feasible at the time to buy a more substantial torch setup (in a rental) -- so I put it on the back burner for a bit.
I realize that I'd like to make small sculpture and maybe small paperweights/marbles. Seems like boro might be good option. Since this section is only moderately active, I went looking for Facebook groups on boro. The only group I found was full of macho pipe and skull makers. NOTHING wrong with pipes or skulls if that's your thing -- but I was hoping for a bit less swearing and bit more info. Any recommendations or is the boro world just like that?
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Old 2018-05-08, 8:08am
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LOL, it is a little like that, isn't it?

If it makes you feel any better, I have absolutely no interest in making pipes or bongs either. Beads, marbles, etc are more my speed, too.

And borosilicate is wonderful mysterious stuff! After years of working with 104, it takes a little adjustment to working with a hard glass - but now that there are so many new colors and tube sizes, its well worth the effort, imnsho.

As for online boro communities... tbh, I tend to spend a lot of time on youtube watching ppl work, as I'm always interested in new techniques.

As for websites, the only one - other than LCE here - I bother with is The Melting Pot - www.talkglass.com. It does have a lot of pipe and equipment makers, but its not ALL pipe and equipment makers if you get my drift. There are some bead and other non-functional artists there, and it does seem to be reasonably busy there too.

And, if you do come across any other sites, I'd really appreciate you coming back and telling us? Welcome back to glass
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Old 2018-05-08, 8:33am
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Thanks! I'm exciting at the possibilities!

And the boro colors -- sigh -- swoon worthy

Of course, not like soft glass isn't just as wonderful. But I like the serendipity of not knowing exactly what you will get with the striking glass.

Much of my future course depending on where we end up (location wise) and opportunities for lessons.

Thanks for the lead -- if I find good sites, I'll pass them along.
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Old 2018-05-09, 7:27am
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This is a newish FB group for boro color. Not a bunch of traffic yet.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/glasscolor/

I would really like to get this room going again, even just a silent S&T. We haven't had show and tell in months.
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I would love for this room to be active again too! I'd be in for participating in the show and tell.

I do pop into the talkglass site, as there is some nice info on boro color there. Really nice people, very generous with their knowledge.
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Old 2018-05-19, 11:31am
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I too am turned off by some of the egos and toilet mouths on some sites, and wish this room had the activity of the past, but so it goes. Although not an interactive site, I would highly recommend the recorded studio demonstrations by the Corning Museum of Glass (cmog.org) available on youtube if you haven't seen them already. They are the next best thing to taking a class there. You'll pick up lots of info watching the masters explain while working.
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