In glassblowing, there are some tools are very expensive; jacks - $200, diamond shears - $225, and thousands of dollars for a glory hole.
But there are also some very cheap tools for glassblowing:
- Newspaper: Fold up several sheets of newsprint, soak it for 20 minutes, and you've got yourself a tool that will let you shape the glass with your hand.
- Plastic bucket full of water with a little baking soda: Dunk a piece in it and gather over to get a ton of tiny bubbles on the surface. Stir this up immediately before dunking.
- Nail on the end of a stick: A classic. Used for boxing small things with hooks, like ornaments and pumpkins.
- Bonsai shears: At around $20, these thin metal tipped shears are even better at trimming a lip than your shop shears; and when they dull, they're much cheaper to replace. Try the Kengyu Gardenman KG-4 - they're Boyd Sugiki approved.
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