Flos Glo-Ball: Blow Mold

January 1, 2009
When the blob has reached a diameter of about six inches, it has already been handled by two or three blowers, who multitask like chefs. Read Full Article
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  When the molten ball reaches a diameter of about six inches, a technician carefully lowers the glass into a mold in the factory floor. As the glass cools, the white inner layer becomes visible.
    When the molten ball reaches a diameter of about six inches, a technician carefully lowers the glass into a mold in the factory floor. As the glass cools, the white inner layer becomes visible.
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  Jets of water cool the mold and its contents at a pace carefully calibrated to ensure consistent thickness. With the just the right amount of spinning and exhaling by the technician, the Glo-Ball reaches its signature shape in a little under a minute.
    Jets of water cool the mold and its contents at a pace carefully calibrated to ensure consistent thickness. With the just the right amount of spinning and exhaling by the technician, the Glo-Ball reaches its signature shape in a little under a minute.
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  Once the Glo-Ball has received its final shape from the mold, a worker spins the translucent glass to continue cooling and to check for any imperfections or cracks.
    Once the Glo-Ball has received its final shape from the mold, a worker spins the translucent glass to continue cooling and to check for any imperfections or cracks.

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