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made by hand

within our hot shops in seattle and berkeley, more than 80 glassblowers inspired by your stories, devote themselves to handcrafting each unique glassybaby, from sand to hand to heart.

it looks like a dance with heat and light. glassblowers step and dip, blow, spin, and roll the molten glass that will become a glassybaby. but when you watch a while, you notice how each glassblower plays a role in the dance.

made by hand colors

our colors
define us

the vibrant color in every glassybaby comes from rods of concentrated colored glass called "color bars." for every glassybaby there is a corresponding color bar and for each bar a specific amount is needed to create the proper density of color. the amount of color per glassybaby is called a "color drop." very early in the morning these bars are loaded into a mini oven to get pre-heated to a temp of 1010 degress or higher.

made by hand gathering


the process begins with the overlayer, who dips a blowpipe into the 2300 degree furnace, spins it around to gather clear glass and then blows a little bubble.

made by hand colors


meanwhile the colorist then lifts up a molten bar of colored glass and lets it droop over onto the bubble. the overlayer snips off a blob of the color and rolls it smooth around the bubble.

made by hand trimming


the real character traits that make each glassybaby unique are created by the trimmer -- the trickiest part of the dance. after the mold, the glass is transferred onto a different rod, which the trimmer spins while pulling out and shearing the lip of the votive.

made by hand stamping


when the lip is smooth and right (never perfect), the trimmer gently knocks the glass off of the rod, and presses the glassybaby stamp on the bottom.

made by hand annealing


the final step is putting the superheated glassbaby into the annealing ovens, which bring the glassbaby down, slowly, slowly to room temperature.

made by hand baby

a baby is born

24 hours later, the glassybaby are as cool as they are beautiful, so they are born out of the oven and into the world.