The Michigan Icicle ™, is our most popular glass class in the Dearborn studio.This is the perfect hands on glassblowing class to try that uses our special recycled glass recipe and also includes the Big Bubble Blow ™.
To start, we do the Big Bubble Blow ™ where participants will use a hollow tube to blow molten glass into the biggest bubble they can!This helps them understand how the molten glass moves and cools, how gravity shapes the molten glass and what to expect from this magical medium. (this bubble will break and is not a take home keepsake)After this great photo op, the instructor will demonstrate how to make the Michigan Icicle.
Student will each take turns, and one by one, the icicles will be made.Adding some white ‘snow’ to the surface of the liquid molten glass to color the icicle is optional and usually preferred.Using glass hand tools, gravity, and creative insight, this ‘blob’ will be snipped, pulled and stretched to create the basic icicle shape.
To finish the icicle, our talented craftsmen will attach a glass loop at the top of the icicle for hanging, then place it in the annealer, a cooling oven, to cool to room temperature overnight.It will be available for pickup the next day the studio is open or $20 ships your icicle to your home.
This Michigan Icicle ™ is a trademark item, designed by resident artist Chris Nordin exclusively for the Glass Academy.This is an exciting class you won’t want to miss!Sign up today!