The Glasswork Of Wesley Fleming

September 15, 2008 at 9:45 am (amazing things, art)

From MAKE, check out these beautiful glass creations by one Wesley Fleming. They’re mostly incredibly detailed and delicate insects and other creatures.

mantis

Wow!

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11 Comments

  1. Emily said,

    I kind of want a tattoo of a praying mantis.

  2. Daisy said,

    Ooo, yeah — that would be a good one.

    I want our matching tattoos so bad. We should finalize our choice this semester and then have me or Brenden schedule the appointment before you get home and do it right away when break starts.

  3. Emily said,

    Agreeeed.

  4. Daran said,

    When I was at Uni, there was a man who sculpted in glass. He’d soften glass rods with a blowtorch, then work them into exquisite creations. But what got me was that he’d roll the red-hot glass with his bare hands.

  5. Emily said,

    Haha! Daran: No. Way.

  6. Daran said,

    Yes way. I figured it was a combination of relatively low conductivity and heat capacity, thick skin, and the experience to know exactly how long he could touch it for.

  7. Daisy said,

    Whoa! That’s really intense, I’ve never heard of anyone doing that. Didn’t he get horribly burned?

  8. Daran said,

    Not that I could see, though I’ll bet the skin on his hands was well-conditioned.

    It was just physics – same as with firewalking – the properties of the material made it a lot less dangerous than it looked.

    I’ve also seen pictures of a man who sculpted molten lava with his hands, but he wore thick gloves.

  9. Emily said,

    Damn. Lava? I would love to be able to say I’ve done that.

  10. Daran said,

    There’s nothing stopping you.

    But if you want to be able to say it truthfully, Hawaii’s the place to do it. The flows there are predictable enough to approach safely, and liquid enough to actually do it.

  11. More Glasswork: A Cat « Our Descent Into Madness said,

    […] Which just further demonstrates how amazing Wesley Fleming’s work is. […]

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