FAQs about Handcrafted Glassware
What is Handcrafted Glassware?
It is glassware created using traditional handmade techniques. Glassmaking techniques utilised to craft our glassware can be traced back to 3500 B.C in Mesopotamia. For centuries, the methods and technologies of glass working were kept secret-the Venetians sent assassins to chase down errant glassmakers wanting to trade their mysterious skills abroad. In the late 19th century, the work of the great artist industrialists such as Tiffany, Galle and Lalique drew attention to the artistic possibilities of the glass.
Nowadays, these skills are passed from generation to generation. The glass making artisan can shape and craft glass to create unique and individual designs.
Why are There Bubbles in the Glass?
Some of the special characteristics of the traditional glassmaking process used to create your product include small air bubbles, surface waves and slight misalignments in the glass. During the glassmaking process, bubbles of air can get trapped within the molten glass and these can be seen in the finished product - a normal and acceptable part of the process of handmade, hand blown glass.
How to bring the sparkle back to your glassware...Ever wondered how to bring the shine back to your favourite glass products? There are several simple ways to clean your carafe or vase by using common kitchen products.
For hard to reach bottles/carafes or vases:
* Fill it 3/4 full with warm water, a bit of dish detergent and about a teaspoon of uncooked rice (if it's a medium to large size, add more if you think you need it).
* Seal the top and shake, shake, shake and swirl the rice around a bit. If the glass is fragile, swirl gently.
* Once cleaned, rinse out the grains of rice and soapy water, then allow to air dry (without the cap or cork on if there is one).
If there is a white film or crusty deposit, trying soaking in a 50/50 vinegar and warm water solution for a few hours or even overnight (fill to top). Dump the liquid and then add warm soapy water and uncooked rice then proceed as noted above.
Glass vases are always lovely with freshly-cut flowers in them. After a few days, however, those flowers may leave a scummy ring on the inside of your vase, while other vases become cloudy from a build-up of mineral deposits in your water. You could try the above methods or for localised stains, try:
* Salt and vinegar paste — Take 1/2 tablespoon of salt and mix in vinegar to create a paste. Use a bottlebrush or wooden spoon to spread the paste on any scummy rings or mineral deposits inside your vase. Let this sit for 15-30 minutes, and then scrub off.
Unexpected Ways to Increase the Life Expectancy of Fresh Cut Blooms
What's the point in having a beautiful bunch of flowers, if they don't last very long? Here are several unexpected ways to increase the life expectancy of your flowers.
- If you cut your stems diagonally, it will increase the surface area through which your blooms can reach that precious, life-sustaining H2O
- Why not give your flowers a bit of a hangover? A shot of vodka with a teaspoon of sugar will offer some bacteria-fighting properties that will keep your flowers fresh and vibrant.
- A penny for your thoughts. Add a copper coin to your vase with a bit of sugar for another bacteria-fighting property
- Some strong hairspray under the petals and leaves will help keep them nice and perked up.
- If you've room in your fridge, why not pop your bouquet (vase and all) into your fridge every night.
- Tune up! You could try singing a song or two to your flowers. It's apparently not the carbon dioxide from your breath that makes it beneficial but the vibrations produced by your voice.
8 Ideas for the Perfect Autumn EntertainingThe days are getting shorter although the sun is shining, trees are losing leaves and it's time to put those tulip bulbs in the ground. It can only mean one thing – Autumn is here!
To top it off, it’s not long till Christmas holidays so why not pull out all the stops to celebrate?
Here are some of our ideas for Autumn and Winter entertaining that will leave your weekend
guests seriously impressed.
- You can give large boxed chocolates to your visitors but we love the idea of having bowls and bonbon jars of smaller treats dotted around the house. Fill the glass bonbon jar (https://rb.gy/hv1mm) with pralines from Rococo Chocolates https://rb.gy/6y30a, or use the glass bonbon jar set (https://rb.gy/hpk6e) as a centrepiece at your dining table.
- As spring is very much evident in the garden, bring the outside in with posies and bouquets of flowers. See our selection of vases here: https://rb.gy/34c0q. Our favourite spring flowers include narcissi, tulips, anemones, hyacinths and ranunculus.
- For a fun grown- up take on a birthday gift with a difference, use a jar. We fancy having a go at filling a jar one-third with scorched hazelnuts and placing a Traffic Jam Sweets from Rococo Chocolates http://bit.ly/1SrwDPb or Praline Cigar inside and finishing it off with a ribbon tied in a bow around it. See our selection of glass jars here: https://rb.gy/099jn
- Don’t forget table decorations for your weekend feast. Try putting battery-powered tiny copper wire lights (we love these from Lights4fun https://www.lights4fun.co.uk/products/50-warm-white-led-copper-outdoor-micro-fairy-lights) scrunched up under the high footed stand with dome (http://www.solavia.co.uk/high-footed-stand-with-dome-325cm-1850-p.asp) for a magical effect.
- If you haven’t overdone it with the sugar already, make a dessert and present it in a glass bowl to show off the colours. How about an old-fashioned rhubarb trifle in this opulent, cylinder footed bowl https://www.solavia.co.uk/trifle-bowl-flora-4-l-4968-p.asp
- You can use your home-baked treats as decorations, too. Try piling up homemade hot-cross buns or braided bread on this footed cake stand https://www.solavia.co.uk/large-cake-stand-30cm-9485-p.asp or presenting a pretty Victoria Sponge cake (try this beauty from Bettys https://www.bettys.co.uk/victoria-sponge-cake) on the glass footed cake stand https://www.solavia.co.uk/glass-cake-stand--dome-27cm-8404-p.asp).
- You can’t go wrong with a good cocktail for your guests. As lemon is used in lots of recipes, try a simple Sorrento Sparkle, a combination of limoncello and prosecco. Serve in these black stem cocktail Martini glasses (https://www.solavia.co.uk/6-martini-glasses-260ml-black-stem-1184-p.asp or Prosecco black stem glasses (https://www.solavia.co.uk/6-champagne-glasses-black-stem-180ml-695-p.asp) with a twist of lemon peel on the side of the glass for decoration.
- Lastly, no feasting table is complete without a decanter and glasses full of a good wine. Raise a glass to friends and family and rejoice in what the season will bring. https://www.solavia.co.uk/crystal-decanter-850ml---glass-set-x-2-2527-p.asp
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