Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson

Glass shopping

I visited C&R Loo, Inc and American Laboratory Supply this afternoon to pick up some colored and clear glass. For a lampworker they're like being in a candy store. C&R is a big warehouse entirely filled with glass, with boro, soft, sheets, and cane glass, and with tools and equipment. Jamie showed me to the aisle with Northstar and Glass Alchemy colors and let me fill my basket (an array of paper towel rolls). American Laboratory Supply is more functional than warehouse: a half dozen people inside were producing scientific glassware for who knows what, but making a lot of it. They have a few cabinets (with custom made latches - a true tell that the elderly fellow who helped me has been there for a while) with the colored cane, including some pre-made latticino. I bought some of the pre-made stuff; it's neither as nice or as consistent as what Melinda and I are making but I wanted to try it out. ALS has every type of tubing imaginable, too, so I bought some Contourax at 25mm and 30mm (I bought 40mm from C&R) and 25 and 28mm in black, blue, lavender, and green. Should be plenty to play with. C&R is sort of expensive: $55/lb for the cane and $10/lb for the clear tube. ALS charged $40/lb for the cane and $6/lb for most of the tubing, except the black which was $15 for the piece (1500mm length). In comparison, Arrow Springs charges $7/lb if you order more than 10lbs ($8/lb if you don't) for all clear and $27-$34/lb for the cane if you buy more than 1lb (Arrow Springs also charges for shipping but they're really fast).

So I have many pounds of glass in my living room now and need to cut it down to workable lengths. This also reminds me that I need some storage shelves for the glass workroom.
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