Glass, like a birdhouse-of-cards or the emotions of a teenage senator, is fragile. Celebrate delicacy with today's Groupon to Hot Sand Glass Studio, located on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Choose between the following options:
• For $15, you get to create your own large blown-glass bubble (a $30 value).
• For $15, you get a medium quick-cast session to preserve one handprint or footprint in molten glass (a $30 value).
Hot Sand Glass Studio promotes the art of glass by allowing studentsall of whom must be at least 9 years oldto make their own molten-sand creations. Glassblowers-in-training can peruse the gallery of works by professional blowers for artistic inspiration. Hunker down on the gaffers bench with an experienced glass-smith, who will assist each student in huffing and puffing a large bubble into existence. Gather molten glass from the furnace, blow air into it at the end of a pipe, and use jacks and water to break off the fully inflated bubble. After the orb cools, studio artisans will process each finished piece to remove any sharp edges and irksome personality traits before bubble blowers pick up their masterpieces after 3 p.m. on the Friday following the session.
A quick-cast session allows budding artisans to make either a handprint or footprint in a small box of sand before a team of extremity preservationists pours molten glass over it, eternally protecting the print. The quick cast is slowly cooled overnight, and by the next day it's ready to be picked up, taken home, and shown off to appliance repair-people. Whether making a quick cast or bubble, it only takes about 20 minutes to give a creation life, but the satisfaction it will bring and the terror it will strike into the hearts of villagers will last a lifetime. For an additional charge, colors and engravings may be added to either creation ($6 each).
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