posted on Sep, 12 2013 @ 11:52 PM
This is definitely very cool! I've dabbled in lampworking (glassblowing) in the past but I've never seen or heard of this.
I wonder what could be done with these things. They break when the tail is broken. I'm thinking you could run a torch over the tail to relieve some
of the stress, so that the overall object is less fragile. But then again I've had glass rod blow up on me when I put it under the torch, so maybe
any significant heat applied to the tail would cause it to explode as well.
Hmm, now I'm thinking of chemically hardened glass. For those that don't know, it's basically a way to temper glass using chemicals instead of the
heating and rapid cooling method normally employed. I think they use.... phosphorus or potassium or something that does something to the molecular
structure just like rapid cooling does. I'm curious if it would be possible to chemically harden the tail to increase it's overall strength.
Couldn't you also make one of these without a tail? I'm thinking of a water bath, with a nozzle on the bottom of the tank that quickly spurts out a
glob of glass. I'd assume it would cool in the same way as the prince rupert's drop's ball section, without having the fragile tail
I also wonder how strong the ball part actually is. They say "you can't break it with a hammer" but it's impossible for it to just be totally
indestructible. Although I guess I'm looking at it the wrong way, the cool factor is that it explodes, not really that the ball part is so tough,
since we already understand and produce tempered glass that utilizes the exact same stress concepts as the Prince Rupert's drop.
Once again very cool, thanks for sharing OP, S&F!