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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION, 6 A BRIEF HISTORY OF GLASS, The Origins of Glass: Myths and Legends, 10 The Revolution of Glassblowing, 14 Islamic Glass, 15 Murano: The Splendor of Crystal, 16 English and Bohemian Crystal, 17 From Industrialization to Art Nouveau, 18 From Art Deco to Contemporary Design and Sculpture, 20 THE NATURE OF GLASS, 22 Glass as a Material, 24 Different Kinds of Glass, 28 MATERIALS AND TOOLS, 32 Materials for Originals, 34 Materials for Molds, 36 Materials for Inclusions, 38 Finishes, 40 Auxiliary Materials, 42 Cutting Tools, 44 Tools for Originals and Molds, 46 Prefabricated Molds, 48 Kilns and Sandblasting Equipment, 49 Auxiliary Tools, 52 Workshop Safety and Organization, 54 PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS, 56 Glass Compatibility, 59 Characteristics and Behavior of Glass, 60 Firing Glass, 62 Cleaning, 68 Cutting, 70 Prototypes and Molds, 72 TECHNICAL PROCEDURES, 78 Fusing, 80 Tack Fusing, 80 Full Fusing, 84 Inclusions, 88 Slumping (Thermoforming), 92 Slumping Techniques, 92 Slumping with Molds, 94 Free Fall (Draping), 98 Finishes, 102 Kiln Casting and Pëte de Verre (Glass Paste), 104 Techniques, 104 Kiln Casting, 105 Finishing, 113 Pëte de Verre (Glass Paste), 114 STEP-BY-STEP EXERCISES, 120 Lighted Panel, 122 Bowl with Inclusions, 126 Vase of Mosaic Glass, 134 Centerpiece, 142 GALLERY, 150 GLOSSARY, 156 BIBLIOGRAPHY AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, 160 INDEX, 160
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