Boyd's Crystal Art Glass, Inc.


The Boyd's Crystal Art Glass factory manufactures its collectibles in the same way colonial Americans produced glass. It is essentially a chemical and mechanical engineering process, in which silica, an alkali, lime, and waste glass are fused at high temperatures in seasoned fireclay containers. After being boiled down, skimmed, and cooled several hundred degrees, the molten glass is ladled, poured, or blown into molds or simply blown or drawn into the desired shape. The glass is then annealed, to relieve the stresses caused by the manipulation, and finally allowed to cool.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Boyd company's trademark is a B inside a diamond. Every five years, a line is added to it. The trademark in use today is the Diamond B inside a rectangle.