Glass India by
Publication Date: 1999
While in Firozabad which is considered to be the bangle capital of the world, Faulkner visits many glass factories and shops, as the viewer watches the many steps involved in making the glass bangles. The bangles themselves are made in the glass factories by winding hot glass onto a turned cylinder or mandrel. This technique creates coils of glass which are then scored, counted, bundled and taken to other finishing shops. There the split rings are fused, most are cut and polished, some decorated with gold or silver lustre. The technique of creating colored bangles is also shown. Again, glassblowers are seen throwing glass rods to one another, and a short narration regarding child labor and worker health issues is also discussed. A bonus segment at the end of this video shows how strings of beads are made by gathering a small gather of glass, blowing into the pipe and stretching the glass into a small mold which turns out a hollow rod of glass. These rods are then strung, and as the necks of the beads are broken, a string of beads is created.