Tear catcher bottles are a type of glass bottle, typically with a long neck, that has been designed to catch the tears of mourners. The bottles were first used in the funeral industry to collect the tears of mourners. The neck on a tear catcher bottle is usually longer than that on a typical wine or liquor bottle and often tapers down at its end. This design can be attributed to the belief that it will reduce the likelihood of spills due to accidental bumps or knocks.
Tear catcher bottles are made from high quality borosilicate glass which is resistant to thermal shock and thermal expansion. Want to take an exclusive peak behind the curtain and see how our gorgeous tear catchers are made? Well, for the first time ever we’re going to show you our highly skilled artisans at work creating beautiful and unique tear catcher bottles for you. In this age of cheap mass production, it can be comforting and reassuring to know that the ancient art of glass blowing lives on with American craftsmen. For more information about our tear catchers, return home to see our complete collection.
Glass blowers undergo extensive training and partnerships with masters before starting work themselves. Our tear catchers are made by mixing two chemicals to create a reaction. This reaction creates a gas which is trapped in the bottle, creating a vacuum. The vacuum then sucks in any liquid that comes into contact with the bottle, allowing it to be stored for later use.
Glassblowing is a hot glass art form. The artist starts with a ball of molten glass, which is shaped by blowing air into it with the use of a blowpipe and hand tools. Blowing air into the molten glass to shape it, the artist starts by dipping the blowpipe into the molten container and blowing air into it in order to create an opening from which they can blow out molten glass. The blown air creates an opening that allows them to shape their work as they please, by using their hands or other tools such as tongs or punty rods. A punty rod is used for shaping work.
In order for this process to work, the two chemicals need to be mixed together in a specific way. The first chemical reacts with oxygen from the air and becomes an acid. The second chemical is called sodium bicarbonate and can react with water and air, but not acid. To make the tear catcher bottle work, these two chemicals need to be combined so that they react with each other and produce bubbles of carbon dioxide gas. The first chemical reacts with oxygen from the air and becomes an acid.
Glass blowing is a process that has been around for centuries. The process requires a lot of skill and patience. It is also a very dangerous process to do because of the nature of the materials used. There are many steps involved in making glass and it takes a very long time and a lot of practice to become a master at this art.
In the past, this was done with a “blowpipe” which is now often replaced with pneumatic tools. Modern methods usually use machine-operated equipment, but we prefer the human uniqueness created with the traditional hand-made approach.
The most common type of glass blown today is soda-lime glass (sometimes called “soft” glass to distinguish it from hard glass). It can be blown clear or can be colored by adding metallic salts during the melting process. The manufacture of some types of “hard” (non-soft) glasses and some artistic products from molten lead are still performed using the blowpipe.
Because of the nature of hand-blown glass, each tear catcher is unique, just like the person who’s tears it contains.