Working through my ignorance with your help.
Beautiful stuff to be found at Chaos Glassworks.
I love stuff made from molten glass. Currently, I'm wondering whether this method for melting glass in a microwave oven could be adapted to glassblowing. I've already established that the blowtorch insn't necessary; I can get the glass to "catch" just by leaving it in contact with magnetite (magnetic iron oxide, Fe3O4), which preheats the glass enough to make it a microwave absorber. Now I just need to work out how to turn this into a proper glassblowing furnace . . .
I don't think you can blow the glass that way since you would not have a heat source to keep it flexible while you worked it.
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