The Darkside is a verified retailer of Noble Glass products. Noble Glass make top quality american made soft glass water pipes. Noble Glass is located in Eugene Oregon.
“With a sense of bottom line business integrity that is lacking in the glass blowing industry, we are eager to keep you regularly stocked with inventory in a timely and prompt manor.
We are Happy to fill specific color requests based on what sells best in your particular store, and have built our reputation on an existing and satisfied customer base that expects HIGH QUALITY products, and a professional attitude.”
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Noble Glass Co. was founded in the heart of the Emerald Valley, Eugene, Oregon.
At Noble we offer premium hand-blown soft glass water pipes. Our designs are original and unique, and unlike cheap imports. These pieces are high quality and artistically blown.
We stand by our work 100% and pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.
Also most people who purchase from us, choose to do so again. We enocurage you to gives us a try. If you do, you will notice the clear difference in customer services, and the quality of work too.
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As a novel glass forming technique created in the middle of the last century BC. Glassblowing exploited a working property of glass which was previously unknown to the glassworkers: inflation. To start with, inflation refers to the expansion of a molten blob of glass by introducing a small amount of air to it. This property is based on the liquid structure of glass where the atoms are held together by strong chemical bonds in a disordered and random network. And also molten glass is viscous enough to be blown and then to gradually hardens as it loses heat.
Plus, in order to increase the stiffness of the molten glass, which in turn facilitates the process of blowing, there was a subtle change in the composition of glass. With reference to their studies of the ancient glass assemblages from Sepphoris of Israel. Fischer and McCray postulated that the concentration of natron, which acts as flux in glass, is slightly lower in blown vessels than those manufactured by casting. Lower concentration of natron would also have allowed the glass to be stiffer for blowing.
Also during blowing, thinner layers of glass cool faster than thicker ones and become more viscous than the thicker layers. This effect allows production of blown glass with uniform thickness, instead of causing blow-through of the thinned layers.
A full range of glassblowing techniques was developed within decades of its invention. The two major methods of glassblowing are free-blowing and mold-blowing.
This method held a pre-eminent position in glassforming ever since its introduction in the middle of the 1st century BC until the late 19th century. And yet it is still widely used nowadays as a glassforming technique, especially for artistic purposes. The process of free-blowing involves the blowing of short puffs of air into a molten portion of glass called a ‘”gather”. Which has been spooled at one end of the blowpipe. Also, this has the effect of forming an elastic skin on the interior of the glass blob that matches the exterior skin caused by the removal of heat from the furnace. The glassworker can then quickly inflate the molten glass to a coherent blob and work it into a desired shape.
When the researchers at the Toledo Museum of Art attempted to reconstruct the ancient free-blowing technique by using clay blowpipes. The result proved that short clay blowpipes of about 30–60 cm or 12–24 inches facilitate free-blowing because they are simple to handle. As well as they were easy to manipulate and can be re-used several times. Skilled workers are capable of shaping almost any vessel forms by rotating the pipe, swinging it and controlling the temperature of the piece while they blow. Also they can produce a great variety of glass objects, ranging from drinking cups to window glass.
An outstanding example of the free-blowing technique is the Portland Vase, which is a cameo manufactured during the Roman period. An experiment was carried out by Gudenrath and Whitehouse with the aim of re-creating the Portland Vase. A full amount of blue glass required for the body of the vase was gathered on the end of the blowpipe and was subsequently dipped into a pot of hot white glass. And finally, inflation occurred when the glassworker blew the molten glass into a sphere which was then stretched or elongated into a vase with a layer of white glass overlying the blue body.