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Glassblowing Discovered

Until about 50 B.C. glass objects could only be made slowly. One bottle could take several days to make by casting, core forming, or cutting techniques. Because it was difficult and time-consuming to make, glass was a luxury item as rare as gold or precious stones.

That situation quickly changed with the discovery of glass blowing. Roman people, probably in Phoenicia (mostly modern Lebanon) discovered that an object could be formed by gathering molten glass on the end of a hollow blowing pipe, and inflating it like a bubble. It could be blown into a hollow mold to form it or freely shaped with simple tools on the end of the blow pipe. For the first time, a worker could mass-produce dozens of objects a day with glassblowing techniques. Most, but not all of these products (See Roman Luxury Glass ) became common and inexpensive. Soon anyone was able to own glass.
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