For butterfingered woodworkers, dropping a project on the shop floor can be bad. But just imagine if your materials of choice were crystal and glass.
Since 2004, California-based artist Jack Storms has been producing these rare "optic sculptures." Created by precision-machining lead crystal and dichroic glass, a single piece can take up to 18 weeks to produce.
While Storms has advanced the art by inventing a lathe that allows him to turn glass like wood, he first learned the "cold-glass" process of joining lead crystal and dichroic glass from a glass artist in New Hampshire. "Working side by side with the artisan for over a year, Jack learned every component and facet of this incredibly challenging and rare art form and eventually was a strong enough sculptor to branch out on his own in 2004 and open StormWorks Studio," reads the bio on his website.
We found it a little strange that Storms doesn't mention, in either the bio or the video below, the name of his mentor; usually when we see someone who's learned a rare art form, one of the first things they'll mention when discussing it is the person who shared the initial knowledge with them.
In any case, if like me you're wondering How the hell can a human being create these things, check out the process in the video below: