Pyrexplosion

I’ve always heard that while tempered borosilicate glass is hard to break, once you manage it, it can be really spectacular. Something about the way it’s made causes it to explode. I’d never seen it until today.

This was a four-cup glass measure:

More behind

Today, I’ve been cleaning and rearranging the cupboards and drawers. (Thus, the random assortment of stuff on the kitchen cabinets.) I did a load of dishes, and was putting them away, when I dropped this glass measuring cup onto the cabinet. It fell about eighteen inches. It shattered into about four thousand pieces, which went sideways as much as five feet.

This is the kind of cup it was, before the tragedy. It was a good cup, the favorite for brewing iced tea. An expedition will be undertaken to find its replacement immediately.

To really get a sense of scale, here’s the glass on the counter in the kitchen. It’s on the counter on the left; you can see the bit of red from the label. I was standing on the rag rug. There was glass in my navel. There was glass in my chest hair. Fortunately, I was wearing jammy pants, so I didn’t have to pick glass out of the fiddly bits. There was glass in the sink. There was glass on the lid of the open dishwasher. There was glass on the STOVE behind me.

Amazingly, for all this flying glass, I didn’t get cut, at all. Even picking out the bits which had gotten *inside* my sandals. It stuck into my skin, pointing out like tiny thorns, but didn’t actually pierce me anywhere. Very considerate of it, I think.

There was not a single piece left wider than about 1.5 inches. Some of them were long and jagged, but very narrow. There were lots of tiny pieces like splinters and flakes. Fortunately, they don’t seem to be bent on inflicting damage. I’m still finding them in places I didn’t know they’d gotten to.

A lot of the bigger pieces continued to split into smaller chunks, minutes after the crash. They made a delicate “tink” noise.

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  1. travspence
    travspence says:

    Don’t worry about it. The idea of you in nothing but pajama pants kind of made up for it.

    Uh, don’t let your husband read this comment. 🙂

  2. travspence
    travspence says:

    Don’t worry about it. The idea of you in nothing but pajama pants kind of made up for it.

    Uh, don’t let your husband read this comment. 🙂

  3. admin
    admin says:

    And the fact that my glass measure was kindly disposed and didn’t go for the arteries, doesn’t mean that they’re all so nice!

  4. admin
    admin says:

    And the fact that my glass measure was kindly disposed and didn’t go for the arteries, doesn’t mean that they’re all so nice!

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Like everyone else, glad you weren’t hurt.

    That last picture of the glass is really beautiful, though.

    (PS found your journal through the bookmark exchange list – can’t wait to see what kind of bookmarks you’ll be weaving!)

    -Susan in Fairbanks

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Like everyone else, glad you weren’t hurt.

    That last picture of the glass is really beautiful, though.

    (PS found your journal through the bookmark exchange list – can’t wait to see what kind of bookmarks you’ll be weaving!)

    -Susan in Fairbanks

  7. admin
    admin says:

    Thanks! I’m thinking about design possibilities – will probably go a little larger than the really fine stuff, just for the number of hours to go into it. Probably either knotwork or words….

  8. admin
    admin says:

    Thanks! I’m thinking about design possibilities – will probably go a little larger than the really fine stuff, just for the number of hours to go into it. Probably either knotwork or words….

  9. hatchepsut
    hatchepsut says:

    You’ll be picking up bits of glass for months! i remember at my last place i broke some big sturdy glass ware on the stove top. i thought i had cleaned it all up but was suprised that even when i moved i found some chuncks here and there.

  10. hatchepsut
    hatchepsut says:

    You’ll be picking up bits of glass for months! i remember at my last place i broke some big sturdy glass ware on the stove top. i thought i had cleaned it all up but was suprised that even when i moved i found some chuncks here and there.

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