Thanks to Vetro Glassblowing Studio, I was able to experience my very first glassblowing class. I have wanted to make a glass Christmas ornament for years now. My husband and I always talk about going for a date and making our own glassblowing Christmas ornament to hang on our tree. All of our ornaments are special to us in some way, whether from a place we traveled or something that represents one of our children.
When Vetro invited us out, I had to go visit. I have actually been in their studio before while walking around in Grapevine for part of the Christmas festivities. Their shop is located right by the Polar Express train station. When you are done with your photos with Santa, stop over and check out Vetro and make your family a unique glass Christmas ornament.
Help-Create Class – Glassblowing Christmas Ornament
There are a few tips I recommend when attending the Ornament Help-Create class. First, it gets really hot near the furnace and in the room where they are making glass ornaments. I suggest dressing in layers when it is cold outside. This way you can remove your sweater once you get started. I felt like my face was melting.
Vetro recommends you wear cotton clothing, your long hair pulled back in a ponytail, and bring sunglasses if you are sensitive to bright light. I was not prepared and broke almost all of those rules. Oops. I regretted it and wished I had a hair clip and sunglasses. But making your ornament goes by quickly so you aren’t hot too long. From the time we arrived until we walked out, we were done in fifteen minutes. So if you want photos, take them fast!
It is important they move fast to make sure your glass ornament comes out correctly and in the perfect, beautiful shape you see. The glass color changes before your eyes and is so fascinating to see. If you have never watched something be made out of glass, the melting and cooling process is amazing.
When you first get started you select the colors you want on your ornament. I went with green (my favorite color), a purple and blue mix, and a little white. I saw a similar ornament hanging that I just loved. Some people selected colors based on their favorite sports team or the college they attended. A fun way for families to make one ornament together, is each child picks their favorite color to add to the glass ornament.
One of the glassblowers stood by my side the entire time. He walked me through each step of the process and let me help as much as possible. I added all the colors to my ornament and helped turn it in the furnace.
Then I got to watch him finish the glassblowing process. This was my favorite part. It was so cool to see and such a precise art.
After your glassblowing ornament is in the full circle, they move it quickly to the countertop to add the hook.
Once everything is complete on your glassblowing ornament, they will put it in the cooler until the next day. You are able to pick it up any time after 3 pm the following day. The colors will lighten as it cools.
I absolutely LOVE how my glassblowing Christmas ornament came out. I purchased a small stand to hold it instead of putting it on my Christmas tree. I place to keep it on display year-round in my office.
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701 South Main Street, Suite #103
Grapevine, TX 76051
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