Hi OG members. I have recently joined. Let me introduce myself to everyone. My name is Paul Guia and I have joined OG because I want to make lava lamp flasks as a business. I've always liked lava lamps because they remind me of hot glass lava. My background is studio glassblowing, working with a furnace to make vessels by hand.
I want to find out what kind of response collectors and buyers have to what's possible but not yet on the market. Please tell me if you think if there is a market for new designs in lava lamps and whether a service to make one off shapes interests you? I truly value your expertise, so comment!
Due to the thermal requirements made by hot fluids in lava lamps a flask made of studio furnace glass is not suitable. It's simply not tough enough. Instead borosilicate (pyrex) glass is a lot more durable and resistant to high temperatures. Only problem is borosilicate glass melts at such a high temperature you can't work a furnace by hand. The answer is to flamework it with a gas and oxygen torch with ready made tubes and blow to the desired shapes. This way of working is a hell of a lot cheaper to run than a furnace even though the glass tubes have to be bought in.
What I would like to know before I invest any more hard earned cash is whether it's worth the investment in glass, gas and new equipment for the job. I would love to make this a service and my new occupation but I can't do it without a response and support from members. So please please reply...