Nestled atop Lookout Mountain near Little River Canyon National Preserve in Cherokee County is Orbix Hot Glass. You will be amazed at the creative, imaginative, beautiful glass art that is made at Orbix.
Orbix Hot Glass was founded in 2002 by Cal and Christy Breed, who met near Little River Canyon while scaling cliffs and paddling turbulent waters. In the past 15 years, Orbix has made many pieces that adorn the walls at places like the Holiday Inn Express and McDonald's in Fort Payne.
In addition to creating art, Orbix invites visitors to come to their studio and create their own art. You can blow your own ornament, sculpt a flower, or create a paperweight. When you blow your own ornament, you choose your colors and then one of the artists takes a blob of hot glass that's 2000 degrees and places it on a long blow pipe. The artist then guides you while you blow into the pipe. As you blow, the artist turns the glass at the end, shaping it into an ornament. After you're done, the artist takes the ornament and places it in a 900 degree cooler where it will stay for approximately three days. You can choose to pick up the ornament or have it shipped to you.
Blowing an ornament is super cool! And you'll have a beautiful, unique ornament to hang on your Christmas tree or display in your home year-round. For more information about Orbix Hot Glass, go to www.orbixhotglass.com.
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