Brian Graham Glass Marble Co.

Fine Hand gathered machine made glass marbles




Working by myself, I can only produce a limited number of marbles at a time. I employ the same hand gathering processes that were used at the M.F. Christensen & Son Co., Akro Agate, Peltier Glass, and The Christensen Agate Co..

Each marble starts as a bit of glass manipulated on a punty rod. The glass is heated up as hot as possible and then cut from the punty rod with a pair of glass shears - left image. Once the gob has been placed into the rollers, it is then rolled into a sphere shape - middle image. After the marble is done forming, it falls off the end of the rollers into a metal chute - video below. From there I pick the finished sphere up with tongs and then place it into an annealing oven to slowly cool over a 12 hour period.

The image on the right shows the entire William J. Miller glass marble making machine from Peltier Glass. Built in 1923; the 3650 pound marble machine is capable of producing marbles from 5/8" up to 1.125". To the best of my knowledge, this is the world's oldest surviving glass marble making machine.

Here is a hot marble moving down the rollers.

Currently I have marbles for sale on ebay: Brian Graham Glass Marble Co on Ebay.

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