Learn about Gold Glass from Ancient Rome, and also, how to make gold glass today. This video was featured in the exhibit "Reflecting Antiquity" at The Corning Museum of Glass, February 15 - May 27, 2008.
The term applied to several types of Hellenistic and ancient Roman glass objects decorated with designs cut and/or engraved in gold leaf, which is sandwiched between two fused layers of glass. Hellenistic gold glass was made by sandwiching the decoration between two closely fitting cast, ground, and polished vessels, which were then fused. Many Roman gold glasses apparently were made by applying the gold leaf to the surface of an object, reheating it, and inflating a parison against the decorated surface.