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    Educational film showing the processes involved in making glass.

  • Description

    British Instructional Films Ltd presents a Classroom Film.

    Glass bottles stacked in racks. A woman carefully moves some glass bowls. Glass from this particular factory is made of sand and red lead. Man carries bucket of sand and tips it into a container. Sand is then scooped from this container into a bucket on an elevator. This is then tipped into a revolving drum which is operated by a large handle. Man collects sand as it emerges from a chute. Mixture of sand and red lead is heated in a crucible. We see the crucible being wheeled out of the furnace. A barrow full of the mixture is pushed along. Door of furnace is taken off and mixture shovelled in. Pole is inserted in red hot furnace and a blob of glass pulled out. Man rolls hot glass, dunks it in a bucket, blows down hollow end of pipe then works on the glass with tongs and clippers. He makes a spout then a handle. Finished jug is shown. A glass of water is poured from the jug.

    Another craftsman makes a swan from glass. It is an ashtray and we see a smoking cigarette lying in the ashtray. A man stands on two paddles above a trough of water. Moving the paddles dips a mould into the water which he dips the glass into. He blows the glass to make a light bulb shape. Extra glass is put onto the end of the shape and it is rolled backwards and forwards. A woman is seen at a machine. She seems to be cutting the excess glass away. Woman works at a filing wheel smoothing the drinking edge of a glass. Glassware is displayed. Woman holds large bowl up to the light to inspect it.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1949
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:27:00 / 02:02:34:00

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    Reducing this item's current date range of 1940-49, the short film "The Glass Makers" seen here was produced in 1947.

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