Glass blowing and sugar blowing are two of the most popular methods of creating beautiful works of art from very delicate materials, using a similar method. Each method has its own unique set of benefits that make it ideal for different types of projects.
Glass blowing is a popular choice for those who want to create larger pieces that last, such as vases, bowls or huge sculptures like the ones at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. The process involves using a blowpipe to shape the molten glass into the desired shape. Glass blowing is also a good option for those who want to add color to their glass creations, as the process allows for the addition of pigment during the shaping process.
Sugar blowing is a great choice for those who want to create anything from little bubbles to big centerpieces. The process involves using a small amount of isomalt sugar to create a ball and using a small tube to pump air into the sugar to stretch it out so it is as thin and delicate as glass. Sugar blowing is often used to create figurines or other small objects. If you keep your sugar pieces in an airtight container with silica packets or something to absorb the humidity your pieces can stay together indefinitely.
Both glass blowing and sugar blowing are excellent choices for those looking to create beautiful works of art. Each method has its own unique benefits that make it ideal for different types of projects.