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Published on Aug 26, 2010
Walter Hellbach is a third generation glass eye maker in Lauscha, Germany. Using specialized glass tubing and rods, he creates human eyes for prosthetic use.
In this demo you'll get a "short and sweet" version of this complex and fascinating process. This is an excerpt from our newest DVD by the same name. (In "The Eyes Have It" DVD you can see the entire exciting process from beginning to end!) And while it takes years of training to make eyes for human use, you'll be able to apply the techniques you see here to your own work with great results. It all starts with white Kryolith tubing, which opacifies as it is worked. As you watch, Walter meticulously adds a variety of multicolored canes, and in just a few minutes an eye of startling realism comes into view.
Part of "The International Series" produced by Firelady Productions, this is the second DVD chronicling life in Lauscha, Germany. This historic hamlet is the birthplace of many important glass techniques, and is still the center of production for some of the finest flameworked glass in the world.
Come take a look for yourself! You are cordially invited to join us on Firelady's Original Lauscha Tour, which takes place every year, the first week in August. Find out more about the tour at www.fireladyproductions.com.