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« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2006, 06:26:40 AM »
To lower the tone (again) for enemas or douches


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« Reply #31 on: October 12, 2006, 06:31:51 AM »
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To lower the tone (again) for enemas or douches


You're getting close on the method of use, but way off on the application!
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« Reply #32 on: October 12, 2006, 06:45:14 AM »
It is a very simple form of pipette. Glassmakers made these to use at the bench. You dip it in your bucket of water, fill it with water, and then put your thumb over the large end so that you can apply a stream of water,fairly accurately, where needed. The plastic "fairy liquid" bottle has rendered it almost extinct, but some people still use them. According to Eddie King who works with me and started off his glassblowing career at Whitefriars, they used to make them there.

I think it is interesting because while glass blowers often had to make a lot of their own tools, and still do, so far as I know, it is probably the only one that they made out of glass, for obvious reasons.

A piece of glassmaking history that is in danger of getting lost, I suspect.
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« Reply #33 on: October 12, 2006, 06:47:09 AM »
Whoops, just had to delete my post...didn't see the answer had been written.  Phew...that saves my blushes!   :lol:
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« Reply #34 on: October 12, 2006, 07:27:42 AM »
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As with many things, it is often the simple answer that evades us....  :lol:


Misleading clue of the century huh!  At least for anyone not making regular use of plastic bottles for direct streams of water :lol:
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« Reply #35 on: October 12, 2006, 03:45:08 PM »
I wondered about a pipette but couldn't imagine why one in that shape would be needed or for what so discounted it as a possibility!  :oops:   It never occurred to me it would be used by glassmakers!  :roll:

Nice one Adam, I await your next mystery object with interest!  :lol:


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« Reply #36 on: October 12, 2006, 04:37:37 PM »
Pipette?

I thought you glassmakers just dunked your tongs or pincers in the bucket and then aplplied the edge of the tool to the glass thus allowing the residue of water to do the cooling - with a very precise application.

So much for ...
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« Reply #37 on: October 12, 2006, 05:13:37 PM »
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Pipette?

I thought you glassmakers just dunked your tongs or pincers in the bucket and then aplplied the edge of the tool to the glass thus allowing the residue of water to do the cooling - with a very precise application.


So did I Kev! :lol:

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That was just a red-herring to lead us astray methinks!  :shock:  :wink:  :lol:


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« Reply #38 on: October 12, 2006, 05:43:12 PM »
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It is a very simple form of pipette. Glassmakers made these to use at the bench. You dip it in your bucket of water, fill it with water, and then put your thumb over the large end so that you can apply a stream of water,fairly accurately, where needed. The plastic "fairy liquid" bottle has rendered it almost extinct, but some people still use them. According to Eddie King who works with me and started off his glassblowing career at Whitefriars, they used to make them there.

I think it is interesting because while glass blowers often had to make a lot of their own tools, and still do, so far as I know, it is probably the only one that they made out of glass, for obvious reasons.

A piece of glassmaking history that is in danger of getting lost, I suspect.


Of course!! like a toddy lifter.

which by the way to lower the tone again, always makes me think of skirt lifters whenever I hear the term...

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I'll have to get my act together and let you see some pics.  We also bought 50 Beatrix Potter figures, but you probably didn't want to know that.... :lol:  :lol:


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« Reply #39 on: October 12, 2006, 06:43:32 PM »
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Pipette?
I thought you glassmakers just dunked your tongs or pincers in the bucket and then aplplied the edge of the tool to the glass thus allowing the residue of water to do the cooling - with a very precise application.


This works ok if you have a piece that has been necked in tightly, but with some thick pieces you need a lot of water..much more than you can get on your pincers or jacks. :D
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