Each unique icicle is created by manipulating, twisting and pulling molten glass in a flame. They begin life as glass rods – this time rods of a harder than usual glass, called borosilicate glass. This is the glass used for laboratory glassware – often sold under the trade names of Pyrex or Simax.
I melt the clear glass rod in the flame of my oxygen and propane torch, and shape it into a rounded gather. I then add colour, which is melted in. The gather is then flattened, pulled and twisted to produce an icicle shape – usually the overall length of these icicles is somewhere between 4 and 6 inches. A hook or hole is made at the top of the icicle, and the icicle placed in the kiln to anneal.
When cooled each icicle has a length of hanging ribbon added, and is safely wrapped is tissue paper.
There are FIVE icicles in each set, and they look stunning when they reflect and refract the Christmas lights.
Current icicle sets are clear and red, with red hanging ribbons. Other colours may be available on request.