Vocabulary Guide to Glassblowing Terms in Spanish
Combine the worlds of glassblowing and learning a foreign language with this vocabulary guide to glassblowing terms in Spanish!
Soplado de vidrio (glassblowing) is a unique artform in which a skilled artist shapes heat-softened glass. While many techniques to manipulate glass exist, one of the most famous is to blow air into a tube while the glass is heated.
To say “glassblowing” in Spanish, your options are soplado de vidrio, which is the literal translation and the more common term, vidrio soplado (blown glass).
Keep reading this article to better understand instructional glass blowing tutorials in Spanish and easily discuss your techniques and artisanal process with Spanish speakers.
¡Aprendamos términos de vidrio soplado en español!
Let’s learn glassblowing terms in Spanish!
Glass-related Facts and Vocabulary
Did you know glass is made from sand? Or that the way to change its color is by adding and mixing minerals? Adding nickel oxide creates a violet color, for example. Humans have used glass for centuries.
In nature, glass is made from lightning or volcanic lava. Sounds crazy, right? Glass figures appear in deserts after a lightning storm or at the skirts of a volcano after an eruption in the form of obsidian.
Man made glass is recyclable, but it takes up to a million years to decompose. Here are some glassblowing terms in Spanish related to these glass facts:
|man-made||hecho por el hombre, artificial|
|mineral, minerals||el mineral, los minerales|
|nickel oxide||óxido de níquel|
|volcanic lava||lava volcánica|
Many techniques exist when it comes to glass handling. One of the most common is fusion—taking the glass to its fusion point to manipulate it and then letting it cool down.
Within this technique you can find many others, like for an instance the thermal temper technique, which is more practical. You take the glass to its fusion point and then cool it quickly. This will redistribute the tension of the glass, making it more resistant.
Glassblowing Terms and Techniques
|fusion point||el punto de fusión|
|metallic tube||el tubo metálico|
|thermal temper||el temple térmico|
|to let something cool down||dejar enfriar|
|to shape||dar forma|
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Let’s Get Technical
The main sources of heat to make glass products are furnaces that heat up to 2,000º F. You can place a yoke right outside it to support the pipes and to give your hands the stillness they need. The blowing hose goes in a hole within the furnace.
You’ll need a bench to give support to that hose once you take the glass out. Once the piece is out, you put it in an annealer to cool down gradually. This will prevent it from shattering since glass that cools down too quickly always breaks.
Blocks are wooden tools you use to shape masses of glass into spheres. Then, the glass goes in the furnace and it’s ready for the glassblower to blow bubbles into.
When working with small pieces, you can use a blowtorch for greater precision.
Shears are useful when shaping a piece of glass, and paddles are for flattening the edges of the piece.
|small pieces||las piezas pequeñas|
Artisanal Glass in Latin America
Artisanal glass has spread throughout Latin America and across the globe. The most prominent place to find it is Mexico. Tonala in Jalisco is the capital city of blown glass in this country.
Here, you’ll find flower vases, lamps, ornaments, animal-shaped glass, kitchenware, and much more. The most celebrated figures are the ones with local motifs and related to holidays like Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
In El Progreso, Honduras, pioneer craftsmen have opened workshops and stores selling all shapes and sizes of blown glass.
Ezpeleta, Argentina offers crystalware, gastronomy glasses, lamps, gifts, and perfume vases. The main cooperative there is 71 years old.
In Bogotá, many shops are dedicated to the art of glassblowing. The Colombian capital is also home to the Glass Museum. The pieces in the exhibitions were donated by these artists. You can see the difference between natural and artificial glass, as well as the results of handling it with many techniques.
Learn More Spanish Vocabulary
Now that you’ve learned all about glassblowing terms in Spanish, are you ready to take the next step towards learning Spanish?
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