I sometimes make iced coffee by placing a glass mason jar filled with ice into my single serve coffee maker and letting it brew / fill with hot coffee. I include a metal spoon inside the jar to act as a kind of heat sink and prevent the glass from breaking due to thermal stress. But should I bother? Does that spoon actually do anything?
I have a lovely old L.E.Smith/Fenton moon and stars glass cookie jar. How can I seal the lid, which has broken and chipped? [more inside]
A friend of mine is remodeling an older home in the midwest. Masons opened up a wall and found these mystery items. The bottle has a shiny residue inside; the stopper is rubber which is completely hardened and cracked. The third thing is glass, and a mystery. Does anyone here know what they are? (Bonus points if you have any idea why they might have been put inside a wall.)
I once had a pint glass that a roommate left behind when moving out. It was a regular 16-oz pint glass, with a drawing of a beaver and the tagline "Where Beavers Go to Eat and Drink." I don't have the glass anymore, but I would like to find it for sale somewhere. Except I can't remember enough about it to search for it, other than that tagline! Do you recognize the tagline? Where is it from? [more inside]
This morning I dropped something hard on top of a dresser and cracked the glass on top. How do I get this fixed / replaced? [more inside]
I'm looking for a domain name that I can use for pictures of glass pieces I made and my cats. Possibly I will eventually sell glass stuff (not cats), but that is not an immediate plan. I am totally out of ideas that do not include my name.
I'm trying to either buy or make a round-bottomed lab flask with a cork-covered neck. The object of my desire looks like this Kontes Kool-Grip round-bottomed model. Unfortunately they appear no longer to be made, at least as far as I can tell. Where can I find one, or failing that how can I put a very similar wrap on the neck of a regular flask? [more inside]
How do I safely execute this blender trick? [more inside]
Where can I find this gorgeous heavy-bottomed shotglas-like vessel? The photo was taken by a photographer for a Sprudge article; I pinged Sprudge on Twitter but haven't heard anything from them. Do you recognize it?
I have a dining room/kitchen glass table, with a round tabletop that sits on top of a metal base without any attachment point. It's sort of similar to this item. My daughter is 1 year old and just starting to become mobile. I'm concerned she might push or pull on the tabletop and cause it to fall, injuring her. I've been stumped on how to find a way to secure it. The best I've found are some round discs to attach somewhere, but I'm suspicious that they will really work. Has anyone successfully babyproofed such a table?
I would like to purchase a window sized (45"x28") sheet of glass that looks like the glass in this stock photo. Who sells it? [more inside]
Some time ago an acquaintance gave me a large vase that she said was made by a famous art glass maker in Louisville, Kentucky. I can't remember the name of the maker, but got the sense from her that it was a company that would be well-known among aficionados of art glass, as much as, say, Viking is. However, Google searches haven't produced anything definitive. Does anyone know what this company might be?
I have a (potentially) lovely area in my yard where I'd like to put some patio furniture. Problem: it seems to have been used as a midden/trash heap at some point in the past. Things I've found there include old glass fuses, broken window glass, and old vacuum cleaner parts (some with tree roots growing right through them). I suspect the *right* way to fix it is to dig up and replace a few inches of the topsoil (or to pave it over), but I'm renting. I'm willing to put down a few inches of mulch, but I'd like to get as much of the glass up as I can beforehand. I've been picking it up by (gloved) hand but if anyone has any secret tips for locating and picking up broken glass off of dirt, I'd love to hear them!
I did see this, but it is about cutting off the neck and shoulders of a bottle. I want to cut the bottom out or off of three cheap cut glass liquor decanters. The glass company wants $25 per bottle. Is there any other option? Thanks!
Some time in the mid 1990s I read a sci-fi short story about an augmented individual hired to steal a password - I'm trying to figure out the name of this story and its author. [more inside]
Is there any way to paint or otherwise color the inside of a glass spray bottle that will have liquid (perfume) in it?
Some enthusiastic home dance party moves caused me to shatter one of the glass lampshades on this light fixture. I'd like to replace the shade, but I have no idea what lamp's brand or model is. Do you? [more inside]
I work as an air conditioning mechanic, and with my head stuck in operating electrical machines all day I have a mind to switch to non-conductive earrings. I have 6ga or 4mm earrings. I used to have a pair of glass earrings but they eventually broke when I dropped them. Is there any reason I should not use glass stirring rods to make a new set of glass earrings? I am assuming I can use a torch or buns en burner to bend them and finish the ends.
I stepped on a little shard of glass- it's basically like if you put a needle in there and pulled it out somewhat unevenly. It's a little cut, no bigger than a speck at the end of your fingernail. But it hurts to step on it. I basically assumed this morning that it was gone- it welled up with blood a small amount, I rubbed, problem solved.... or so it seems. This whole day it has been hurting and hurting. So... should I dig? [more inside]
Do specialized mirrors for optics projects have a different name for a "glassless" mirror, or a specially silvered mirror which has a glass quality to minimize any internal reflections? [more inside]
Does it make ecological sense to return glass bottles from Switzerland to Belgium for re-use? [more inside]
I am looking for a rounded translucent glass cover for an indoor overhead fixture and have struck out so far - it may be a non-standard design. Basically it is a dome-shaped, flat-based, non-threaded cover that has two slots into which two tabs on the base fit and it secures in place with a quarter-turn. You can see photos of the base and of an identical cover in this gallery. Are there terms of art I need to use in my search for compatible covers? Thanks!
Suppose I would like to automatically record and transcribe all conversations that happen around me. Is this technically feasible? What products and services would you use to accomplish this goal? [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name and author fo a sci-fi novel that predicted the idea of Google glasses and their impact on society. I can clearly remember one of the characters, a youung person, complaining that all these old people had these glasses that recorded everything that happened around them and could send that data directly to the police. It was kind of an Orwellian Big Brother feel to society. You were always being watched, recorded, reported, etc. I was reminded again about this after reading an article on NPR about the first police arrest recorded on Google Glass. Does anyone else remember this book or the author? Thanks in advance for the help.
Does anyone know of any recommendations for thick wine glasses? I am tired of thin wide glasses (that seem to break a lot) and I am NOT interested in plastic glasses. I know they exist, as I was at a bar a couple of months back while traveling, and they served wine in this very thick wine glasses. It was exactly what I was looking for so I asked the waitress, who asked the manager, but they didn't know where there were sourced. I am just looking for a plain wine glass (red or white wine), with no markings or decorations on them at all, but the wine glass itself is very thick. I would need to be about to buy these online as well. (And yes, I am aware that the thickness of the glass could affect that taste of the wine, but I am still looking for a thick glass.
I buy bottles of strauss organic whipping cream, it comes it little glass bottles and looks like this: pic 1, pic 2. As you can see, on the glass bottle there is a flat black imprint with some lettering and a logo. Is there any way to safely remove that imprint? I have something in mind I'd like to reuse my bottles for and I'd prefer them not to have that imprint. Thanks!
Last week I broke the sunroof to my car and significant amount of glass fell into the car. I've cleaned the big pieces out and vacuumed. I've also replaced the window. However, I'm worried about glass dust. [more inside]
Hello MeFites. I managed to shatter the front glass on my Samsung Galaxy S3. It still works, the glass just needs replacing. What's my best course of action to get it fixed? [more inside]
How do I remove white stains from driver side car window and mirror? [more inside]
I have a few Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre glass pitchers with hermetic lids like this one and these, but one is missing a lid and the other lid is beginning to crack, after long wear. It seems like the factory does not sell replacement lids. Anyone else able to get replacement lids? If not, what have people done for a replacement?
A couple of days ago, one of the placemats on my kitchen table exploded all over the table and also onto the ground. It's made of a glassy/plastic-y material. Meaning, it looks like glass, but it won't cut through skin unless you really dig it in. We found shards of it up to 5 feet away from the table. This occurred randomly in the early evening. No one in my house witnessed it. Nothing was placed on the placemat for that entire day. No one went near it. There were no sudden temperature changes in the house, although it has been colder than normal in the evenings here in Northern California. We've had the placemats 10+ years. The table is a glass table with a clear, plastic covering on top. [more inside]
Am I losing all my heat through a large glass block window? [more inside]
Is it possible to fix a champagne flute that just has one clean break? [more inside]
I have a few old glass bottles which I've cleaned, de-labeled, and given airtight cork tops. They're attractive bottles, about 750ml each with narrow tops, and I'd like a practical way to show them off ideally in the kitchen. I already used one to infuse olive oil and other to hold my dried dried beans rather than leaving them tied up in the pantry. What else can do with them?
How do I put something behind glass in Photoshop? [more inside]
Could you help me find a necklace for my mother? [more inside]
Can someone explain with SCIENCE, how this glass jar just exploded in my bathroom while I was taking a shower, and ended up almost entirely on the other side of the shower curtain? [more inside]
Fluorescent bulbs explosion -- how to clean glass and powder from the carpet? Broken glass is everywhere. And carpets are everywhere. [more inside]
Dear AskMeFi: is has to be some way to get the effect I'm looking for on my walls but with a shimmer? I like this tree branch graphic for my walls, but I would like to have it shine like glass beaded wallpaper. As I understand it, glitter never sticks to anything you want it to but sticks to everything else. I'm just not sure how to get the effect on my walls that I envision. Ideally it would be removable because we live in an apartment. Thank you for your help!
My mum brought me back a glass pendant from Paris years ago, and always regretted not getting one herself. What is the name for this kind of pendant so I can try and find one for her? [more inside]
I have a pain in my upper chest, presumably in my esophagus. How urgent a medical condition is this, and which doctor should I see? [more inside]
I have moved into a house with an inbuilt wood heater. Its not necessary for heat, but I am enjoying having a fire in there every other night. But the glass on the front blackens within a couple of burns. I am cleaning it weekly with oven cleaner. I have tried keeping the fire at the back. Is there anything I can do to keep the black off?
How does the High Ion Exchange (HIE) process get such a deep compressive layer in the glass strengthening process used in Gorilla Glass? [more inside]
I'm watching Game of Thrones and noticed that often the windows do not have glass, and yet I think I sometimes see glass trinkets. Glass seems like a very important technology because it keeps out bugs but allows in light, which sounds pretty useful when disease travels by insects and the winter is coming. When does glass begin to become a common-place part of domiciles, and what benefits did it mainly have for human civilization when it began to be more widely used in architecture? Is technologically feasible for the world of Game of Thrones, and if not, what are the main constraints?
What adhesive does the NYC Parking Violations Bureau use to put those nearly unremovable "shame stickers" on car windows? [more inside]
Suitable glue to bond glass to ceramics - must dry clear, and be dishwasher proof (or at least waterproof) [more inside]
What can I do with a approx 4 by 2.5 foot piece of glass (thats about .5 inch deep)? Part of a glass desk top. I have a patio, but virtually no room to use it inside as a desk. Thoughts?
one of the feet broke off of my mom's Lalique bowl. it's a pretty clean break, it looks like I could just put it back on. can I? what would be the best way to do this? or am I better off taking it to a specialist to repair? thanks in advance.
A fine old fellow who did amateur stained glass has passed away, and I would like to purchase memorial book(s) for the local library. [more inside]