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Marbles at Lumel Studios

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We need to spend a few days in Whitehorse which is a lovely town, the capital of Yukon. We are waiting for our temp tag for the trailer which is sent by overnight from Delaware. However due to the large distance it takes more than a week to get it. Anyway we use the time well, visited a museum which was fun. At the Visitors Center our kids were playing for an hour with the large map which had buttons and lights so we learned about the geography of Yukon. The kind lady suggested to visit Lumel Studios which is a glass blowing workshop in downtown Whitehorse open to the public.

First we watched a tourist who was working with the help of one of the glass artists and then we asked if our kids could try working with melted glass too. The owner of the place was very energetic and immediately built rapport with all of us. She was very helpful and let our kids experience and experiment with her help.

First she showed us how a marble is done in three easy steps. This first marble was a gift to our smallest boy. Then our kids did theirs one by one.


They picked three colors and started to melt glass in the furnace which was over 1400 Celsius hot!


Then they chipped and mixed the colorful parts with the transparent glass while rotating the melted glass.


Then they rolled it into a round shape and cut it halfway with a plier.


Finally they shaped the ball with a round metal tool.


After completion the marbles need to rest in about 500C for a night to make them less fragile. So we went back in the morning to pick them up. It was a very nice experience and I really recommend doing a workshop at Lumel Studios if you are in Whitehorse.


Posted by divatmotoros 04:37 Archived in Canada

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