This items shows how glassmaking is not just for experts - it can easily be done in the home!
Leytonstone, East London.
M/S of a man sitting at a dining room table with a glass work kit laid out in front of him. C/U of the man's hand holding a glass cocktail stick. The narrator explains that "expert, Robert Ward, has introduced a do-it-yourself conception that enthusiasts should be able to master in two or three hours". He holds the cocktail stick in a flame and uses another stick to shape the melted blob of red glass into a deer's head. C/U of the man's face in deep concentration. C/U of the deer's head, now with eyes and a nose. The man carefully twists another piece of glass onto the head to form the ears. He uses tweezers to flatten the soft glass of the ears. He then pulls the ends of the ears into delicate points. M/S of the man working at the table, finishing off the cocktail stick. C/U of a jar of completed cocktail sticks designed in the shape of horses' and deer's heads. The man places his most recent creation with the rest of the cocktail sticks.
The narrator explains that enthusiasts should start with a simple cocktail stick before moving on to the more complicated four legged animals. C/U of man working on his next glass figure. C/U of the man's hands working on a glass dachshund. C/U of the man using a clothes peg to take the dachshund out of the flame and place it on the table.
According to the narrator, to be an amateur glass-worker all you need is a half a pound of clear and a quarter of a pound of coloured glass in stick form. C/U of two glass deer. C/U of a glass rabbit and another dachshund. The narrator ends by joking that if you are going to have a go at home "then don't please blame us if you burn your fingers".