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Shielded pucellas

Keep your arms from going up in flames
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Pucellas (poo-CHAY-uhs) have been around for close to 1,000 years and have been virtually unchanged during those years. They can be used for either “necking” or for opening a piece of molten glass. I have used them myself and found them adequate except when making open pieces of glass. During the process of opening, much heat is released and the arm must come dangerously close to the molten glass. The average lifespan for a shirt was 5 open pieces before it was destroyed from the heat. The effect is generally similar to placing your arm into the oven in your home during the “clean” cycle.

Now, imagine the guard on a fencing foil, which is essentially a shallow cup. This cup is cut in half, across, and each corresponding half is welded to mid-point of the pucellas with the cup facing the artist. The pucellas can still be brought together without any difficulty, but the heat would be effectively radiated away from the artist’s wrist and arm.

Klaatu, Dec 14 2003

What the flock are pucellas? http://www.southjer...99/images/jacks.jpg
Also known as glass "jacks" (please note how close his arm is to the molten glass) [Klaatu, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Lampworking http://www.stevensglasschalet.com/
[Klaatu, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Lampworking picture http://www.smartass...Workbench2_JPEG.jpg
[Klaatu, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Glassblowing picture http://www.genuines...ns/glassblowing.jpg
[Klaatu, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       Hey, if you like it, I like it.
phoenix, Dec 14 2003
  

       I was worried that it may bit a bit "obscure" for this site, but I can't imagine that nobody has thought of this in 1,000 years of arm-torching.
Klaatu, Dec 14 2003
  

       I herald from an old and proud line of fire and sand artizens, and even after these many years of separation from the melt I still know the grinding dispair of my forbears' servitude. It moves me to read of a fellowman's compassion for those who labor before the master's firey breath and who feel the sting of the master's whip. Oh! The inhumanity of it all. You it is, noble ¯Klaatu, who has brought forth a tool whereby we may be rid of the singed arm hair and scortched shirts that are the caste marks of our oppression. God bless you!
reensure, Dec 14 2003
  

       this started me thinking about ass-blowing techniques and safety devices. it has been a long and colourful tradition for young men to experiment with the playful and it must be said often drunken attempts to ignite their own intestinal gases. these experiments often end in tears. the gases themselves are composed of hydrogen and oxygen and sometimes methane. it is a little known fact that the flame containing methane is blue and the methaneless flame is yellow. I do hope I have not encouraged any half-bakers to experiment along these lines but knowing Klaatu as I do, a safety device is just up his alimentary canal as it were.
po, Dec 14 2003
  

       My drunk mate said, "C'mon light my gas."
I thought flames, like near hot, molten glass.
Used puchellas with a cup
To safely open him up.
Didn't hurt my arm, burned out his ass.
FarmerJohn, Dec 14 2003
  

       [Klaatu] Do you make pipes? It's for a...friend.
Overpanic, Dec 14 2003
  

       [^panic] What you require is a "lampworker" <link>. I do sculptural pieces that would be too large, and too heavy to be used as a pipe...for your friend. <wink wink wink>
Klaatu, Dec 14 2003
  

       po, why are these people ripping their trousers? //these experiments often end in tears//
tsuka, Dec 14 2003
  

       David Essex? there was someone else but the name escapes me.
po, Dec 14 2003
  

       PJ Proby.
tsuka, Dec 14 2003
  

       P J Proby! thanks tsuka, it was driving me mad!
po, Dec 14 2003
  

       Lampworking, eh? Interesting...
Overpanic, Dec 14 2003
  

       My drunk mate said, “C’mon light my gas.”
I thought flames, like near hot, molten glass.
Used puchellas with a cup
To safely open him up.
Didn’t hurt my arm, burned out his ass.
FarmerJohn, Dec 14 2003
  

       David Essex? there was someone else but the name escapes me.   

       how did we get from ass-blowing to pop music?
po, Dec 14 2003
  
      
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