www.Dabble.co is quickly becoming my favorite website! Back in April I took an Intro to Burlesque class and this month I took a Glass Pumpkin Sculpture class at Chicago Hot Glass with my mom. It was so much fun!
Step 1: Pick out your colors.
Step 2: Retrieve hot glass.
Step 3: Dip glass in desired color.
Step 4: Melt color into glass by reheating in the Glory Hole (yes, that IS what it’s called)
Step 5: Twist hot glass to make fun pattern.
Step 6: Retrieve even more hot glass–this time over the swirly pattern you made.
Step 7: Add color if you want and melt into glass.
Step 8: Round out glass and then reheat.
Step 10: Have someone flatten the bottom of your pumpkin while you score the top. This is the time to finish shaping your pumpkin.
Step 11: Knock pumpkin off of the rod.
Step 12: Add pumpkin stem and twist as desired.
Step 13: Put glass pumpkin into heater where it will be gradually cooled overnight so it doesn’t explode.
Step 14: Wait for pumpkin to arrive in mail and then take picture of finished product.
FYI: Kit Paulson, our teacher, is one of the artists making glass pumpkins for the Morton Arboretum‘s glass pumpkin patch. These glass pumpkins are much larger than the ones we made in class and all are beautiful. You should check them out!