Medium and large icicles are hollow flameworked borosilicate glass. These are exactly like the medium and large icicles in my installation Ausklingen (Fade Away), and their hanging mechanisms are identical: they are strung with plastic coated steel hanging from a fishing swivel. Each one is one of a kind and comes with the following label:
WHEN F.W. WOOLWORTH FIRST BROUGHT CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE MID-EIGHTEEN HUNDRED’S, HE GOT THEM IN LAUSCHA, GERMANY, A SMALL TOWN IN WHAT IS NOW EX-DDR THURINGIA. WHEN I FIRST STARTED FLAMEWORKING, THE FIRST THING I DID WAS GO TO LAUSCHA TO STUDY. I WAS QUITE FORTUNATE TO STUDY WITH AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF MASTER GLASSBLOWERS NOW NO LONGER WITH US. THIS ICICLE ORNAMENT IS BASED ON AN OLD LAUSCHA ORNAMENT AND REFERENCES NOT ONLY THE BIRTHPLACE OF ORNAMENTS, BUT ALSO THE HOME OF FLAMEWORKING. EACH ICICLE IS ONE OF A KIND AND MADE FROM BOROSILICATE GLASS IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND BY CARRIE FERTIG.
The size of the icicles are first determined by their diameter: small icicles are 11mm ( 7/16", just shy of 1/2"), medium are 24mm (15/16"), and large are 30mm (1 3/16"). Medium and large icicles are then priced according to length.