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Kids en la web.com
Muky, Argentina Hotwheels
Garbage Pail Kids made in Argentina
The Buenos Aires Toy Museum Exhibit
Design Furniture for Art and Toy Exhibit
Juego del Sapo

Collectibles found in Argentina
Art Glass

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Eating Pizza in Buenos Aires
Food and Wine
Los Morteros Restaurant in Purmararca

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Bob Frassinetti on Facebook

Toy Museum Forum
The Buenos Aires Toy Museum Forum

Food & Wine Photo Gallery
Curry in the Kitchen, Image Gallery
Los Morteros Restaurant in Purmararca
Food and Wine Argentina
Boutique Restaurant. La Florida Colonia Uruguay
Inside La Florida
Argentine food Asado name for Barbeques
See Picture Image Gallery for, Asado
Hesperidina is Argentinas most famous aperitif.
Eating Pizza at Las Cuartetas

Art for Sale Gallery
J Viski oil painting for sale
Leopoldo Torres Aguero oil painting for sale
Religious Painting of South America & Argentina
Image Photo Gallery for Quintanilla, Alberto.
Francisco Adaro, up coming artist mural artist
Monique Rozanes is a brilliant contemporary artist.
Spisso Liberato was a great Argentinean artist
Francisco Adaro, erotic art.
Francisco Adaro
Relegoius Art for sale
Viski Largest World Picture Gallery
Vito Campanella Art Argentina
Leopoldo Torres Aguero and Monique Rozanes
Contemporary Art Argentina
iArtdealer 5 square meters Art Gallery
Jorge Luis Garay in Dean Funes
Jorge Luis Garay

Insulator Photo Gallery
Glass Insulator Argentina
Porcelain Insulator Argentina
French Insulator only found in Argentina
Silver or Grey Insulators made in Argentina
Insulators out in the Wild
Insulators found along the roads in Argentina

Books Review and for Sale
Book on Lighthouses in Argentina
Book on Steam Train in Argentina
Book on Shipwrecks around Argentina,South Atlantic
Book on Soccer - Football Trading Cards, Argentina
Guide Book on Trading Cards Argentina
Book on Highway Route 40
Book on Pop Star Diva Susana Gimenez
Book on Buby,diecast toys made in Argentina.
Book on Art Fileteado
Kaiser, Ika Industries Argentina
The legend of Time Travel

Photo Gallery For Art Dealer
Vito Campanella
Leopoldo Torres Aguero and Monique Rozanes
Arte BA 2006 Argentina
Francisco Adaro, up coming artist from Argentina
Francisco Adaro
Francisco Adaro,erotic art.
J Viski,Janos Viski. 1891- 1961 Hungary Photo Gallery
Cloudio Giannini, Argentina
Jorge Luis Garay Dean Funes

Toy Museum Picture Gallery
My Little Pony, Argentina Photo Gallery
Buby Photo Book, Photo Gallery
Strawberry Shortcake, Frutillitas made in Argentina Photo Gallery
Toy Tractors & Farm Toys,Argentina.Photo Gallery
The Giants Attacking You , Los Titanes de Atakan, CD.Photo Gallery
Super Powers, Super Amigos, Argentina.Photo Gallery
Robot's from Argentina. Image Gallery
Batman CollectiblesPhoto Gallery
Buby Die cast, Sample Photo Gallery
Toy Soldier, Lead & Plastic Photo Gallery
Mazinger Z Argentina, Photo Gallery
Duravit Indian Rubber, Photo Gallery
Buby Estanciera IKA Die cast, Photo Gallery
The Incredibles in Argentina Photo Gallery
Estanciera IKA by Buby re painted model
Kaiser Frazer Willy Station Wagon
Gallery of Robot & Space Toys made in Argentina
Kaiser Frazer Carabela Manhattan, made in Argentina
Art and Toy Museum Exhibit Furniture
The Buenos Aires Toy Museum Picture Gallery
Robots and Space Toys made in Argentina
Gallery Nights, BAC and The Buenos AIres Toy Museum

Carnival Glass Photo Gallery
Carnival Glass made in Argentina

Bob Frassinetti Video & Photo Gallery
Bob Frassinetti in the news
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Cheap Hotels World Wide
Documentary, The Masters of the Universe
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Fire Places and Chimneys
Hanky Panky

Buenos Aires Architecture Video & Photo Gallery
Architecture, Buenos Aires. Argentina
Bridges in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Pilar Church Recolecta
Recoleta Cemetery Buenos Aires
Recoleta Cemetery Buenos Aires
Palermo Hollywood and Soho, Buenos Aires
Palermo Hollywood Part Two
Down Town Buenos Aires
Down Town buildings, shops , art galleries, hotels and more
Art and Light Lighthouses

Lighthouse & Shipwrecks Video & Photo Gallery
Lighthouse at Medanos Point
Helmets of the Deep Collectibles
Jose Ignacio, near Punta del Este, Uruguay
Walking around Colonia, Urugauy
Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay.
Lighthouse on Martin Garcia Island
Lighthouses Argentina.
East Point Lighthouse Uruguay, Punta del Este.
Perlas Islands Submarine,the true story
Lighthouses in Argentina & Uruguay
Art and Light Lighthouses

Steam Tractor & Old Tractor Photo Gallery
Steam Tractors,found in Argentina
Old Tractor's Made in Argentina
Old Tractors found in Uruguay
Lanz Bulldog and the Pampa Tractor from Argentina
Antique German Tractors from South America
David Brown 50D Found and Sold
British Made Steam Train Crane 1900's
Old Patagonia Express La Trochita Photo Gallery

Trains in Argentina Photo Gallery
The Old Patagonia Express
Trains in Argentina
Train Tours for Argentina

Photo Gallery on Buenos Aires,San Telmo as well as other Flea Markets
San Telmo Flea Market, Image Gallery
Down Town Buenos Aires,Image Gallery
Railway Station Flea Market, Image Gallery
Mercado de las Pulgas Buenos Aires

Collectibles Photo Gallery
Enamel Advertising Signs found in Argentina,Image Gallery.
Vintage Telephone Equipment found in Argentina, Image Gallery
Helmets of the Deep Collectibles
Royal Doulton found in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Glass Candy Containers made in Argentina
Picture Image Gallery for Vintage real photos from Argentina.Old photos
First Day Covers Argentina
Diving Helmet Argentina
Ford Falcon Made in Argentina

The Land of Fire,the End of The World
The Land of Fire: The Wondera. The Story begins.Image Gallery
The Wondera, the strange and enicmatic old man

Vintage & Old Cars
Estanciera IKA, Jeep Willy vesrion made in Argentina
Torino Car designed in Argentina
Siam Di Tella, was a trademark company in Argentina
Fiat 1100 Argentina
Rambler made by Kaiser here in Argentina
Fiat 1500 Berlina made in Argentina
Fiat 1500 Coupe
Argentine Kaiser Carabela, see image of this rare Argentine Kaiser
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Kaiser Funeral Car made in Argentina
Carabela Kaiser IKA Argentina,
Rally Car Project in Argentina
Old Vintage Cars from Argentina and Uruguay
Old Cars and Old Tractors found in Uruguay
Classic Car Show San Telmo
Car Show 2006 Argentina
Club Ford Argentina

Art and Antique Tours for Dealers
Lonely Planet and Bob Frassinetti
Mad Dog Antiques & Maudlin travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina
ArtDealer and Pascal Debusschere from Paris,France.
Bob Frassinetti as your Personal Shopper
Giuseppe Pirone
Dr Jenny Fortune
Diana's Bobo lodge. Bed & Breakfast in San Isidro
Valeria del Mar. Pinamar
Father and Mother Christmas from the USA visiting Argentina

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Royal Road Camino Real
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Real Estate in Argentina
Real Estate in Argentina
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Route 40 Argentina Tour
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Santiago Chile for Art, Design and Antiques
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The Museum of Modern Art in Chiloe Chile
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Travel Guide for Art and Antiques in Argentina
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Updates from Argentina
Wednesday, 26 October 2005
Reyne Haines & Destination Antiques
Topic: Glass made in Argentina
The one and only,Reyne Haines.........

Link to Photo Album Reyne Haines & Destination Antiques

Reyne Haines was one of our first world wide friends. Our shared devotion for the magnificent glass items of yore was the stepping stone for a wonderful and inspiring friendship. Her story is that of passion, dedication and intelligence, her brightness and deep knowledge led her to discover a wonderful world that was not yet as thoroughly explored as it should.

Her story with glass begins back in 1990 when she was living in New York, she –herself says it was then when- discovered the endless world of shops, shows and galleries. Her personal passion triggered her interest, and powered by a bright mind and an amazing whit, our friend not only discovered great items, but began to research on unknown or poorly known matters till then. While her specialty is Tiffany Studios glass, she has extensive knowledge in Steuben, Durand, Quezal, Galle, Daum, Schneider and Loetz glass.

It is rare to meet people who share such deep convictions, but when you do, is a true and great finding. The item and its history make not only a marvelous antique but also recover a wonderful item from the darkness of times and the unsatisfactory oblivion history sometimes shades upon our past.

Reyne Haines has become a referential name within the world of antiques and more specifically within the world of antique glass and glass history. She has given numerous lectures for collectors clubs, auction houses and antique shows, and her hard work in the research on such wonderful field has translated into a great number of books, articles and papers, published online, on hard cover and specialized journals. In 1995, she gave birth to a superb online forum an art-glass discussion group, which offers daily discussions pertaining to glass from the Victorian era through today's contemporary studio makers.

Glass made in Argentina.

Link to Photo Album Carnival Glass Argentina

Only three years latter, in 1998, Rayne Haines started Just Glass, an online auction, information portal and monthly magazine for glass enthusiasts. It has been rated among the Top 10 auction sites on the Internet by USA Today.

Today Rayne is the reference par excellence within the world of antiques, such is this that she has been frequent appraisal for PBS twice Emmy nominated program “Antiques Road show”.
Rayne, no doubt about it, has become a reference name within the world of antiques all around the globe, and as such, her words and points of view are treasured by collectors of all distant places.

This is her insight on Buenos Aires, Argentina, its world of antiques and collectibles…

Destination Antiques

For years we have spent our International antiquing adventures in Europe. The outdoor flea markets in Paris, London, Berlin etc have produced additions to collections and inventory for galleries unlike much of what we see available in the United States.

Prices for antiquing tours range from $1500-5000, depending on how long you stayed and where you went. The fees are rather pricey but knowing the merchandise will be readily available drives us to go year after year.

Recently, a new place to antique has surfaced, Argentina. It is no surprise Argentina is a source for fine goods. At the turn of the century Argentina was one of "the" destinations for the rich. Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina was home to some of the finest retailers. Tiffany & Company along with the German firm WMF - both had storefronts in Buenos Aires.

During the 1880s - 1930s, immigration to Argentina was at its highest point. With them came the wealth and influence of Europe.

Today, Buenos Aires still offers a view of the past in its turn of the century French marbled buildings and other turn of the century architecture. Several towns in Argentina offer original cobblestone roads filled with antique stores and cafe’d plazas.

The US Depression affected some of Argentinas tourism, then the war in Europe took its toll. After the war, Argentina fell into years of political abuse, and finally dictatorship. With the fall of the iron curtain, and eventually Argentinas dictatorship, the country was able to stabilize and begin embracing democracy. Slowly the economy picked up again. At one point, Argentina was rated one of the most expensive placed in the world to live. Now it is rated one of the cheapest places to live. The poverty rate exceeds 50% and unemployment sits at 25%.

Currently the Argentine peso has plummeted. Seventy percent in value compared to the US dollar. The city of 13 million, full of wonderful antiques is offering things for sale for a fraction of the cost you’d expect to pay in other countries, including the US.

Even the cost of a meal is reasonable. Dinner for two at any four star restaurant is American with wine can cost in the range of $80-100.00. In Argentina, the same meal will cost around $20.00.

There are several tourist group that have setup shop anxious to meet you and take you to see their beautiful city. These firms will greet you at the airport, take you to your hotel (some will arrange your hotel or bed and breakfast for you in advance), and from there will take you on private tours of the city, and its historical and cultural hot spots.
The directors for these services are fluent in English, and will also take you to the outdoor antique markets, and antique shops (which note there are endless places to shop in Buenos Aires) and stay with you until you are ready to call it a day.

If you are concerned with having enough to see and buy while you are there, fret none. Argentina has over 600 antique shops, malls and dealers. There are also a vast array of auctions and flea markets to attend while you are there. The guides can help translate for you and negotiate prices with the dealers offering the merchandise. Knowing the native language is not necessary!

A few things to note…a passport is required to enter the country. Also, most of the stores do not take credit cards. You can use them at restaurants and the hotel, but you will need cash for your antiquing adventures.

The city of Argentina is quite active morning, noon and night, much like New York City. Its beauty however, should not be missed.

What will you find in Argentina?

While Argentina is best known for its architecture, and love of Art Nouveau, the visiting collector can find things from the 1850s to modernism.

The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, was founded by Pedro de Mendoza in 1536. It was originally named Santa Maria del Buen Ayre, in honor of the virgin of the seafarers. It was destroyed in 1541 and reestablished in 1580 by Juan de Garay who named it Puerto de Nuestra de los Buenos Ayres.

Buenos Aires is characterized by its historical buildings. The Colon Theater was inaugurated in 1908. This theater has seen many famous plays during its time. There is also the Municipal Palace that is near the Plaza de Mayo.

On Saturdays, antique enthusiasts should visit the Plaza Dorrego fair in San Telmo (a neighborhood in Buenos Aires). Over 8,000 people display antiques and collectibles for sale.

Buenos Aires is also home to more than 100 museums. Some of the more recognized museums are the National Historic Museum. This museum offers pre-Columbian, colonial and antique military works on display.

A favorite of many tourists, the National Museum of Decorative Art. It opened in 1918 in a French-styled villa. Among its treasures are European painting, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, 19th/20th century goldsmith's art; decorative Chinese art from the 17th/18th century; and miniatures from the Russian empire.

the Museum of Fine Art, the National Showroom of Culture, and the Borges Cultural Center for you to visit.

The younger generation can even find something of interest. The Museum of Modern Art, housed in a reconstructed tobacco storage building in the traditional San Telmo quarter. Contemporary Argentine art and works by outstanding international artists of the 20th century.

There is also the Buenos Aires toy museum. Perhaps you will recognize something from your childhood there!

Argentina is not limited to all things antiques. Should you have energy left after your many shopping adventures, put on your walking shoes and visit the Botanical Gardens. There are over 5,000 varieties of plants from all over the world. They also offer one of the largest Japanese Gardens in the world. The park covers more then 198 acres of land.

Starting Points

You’ve decided you’re interested and want to know more. Here are a few links to places to visit, dealers, and antiquing tour guides for your viewing pleasure:

The Buenos Aires Art Dealer: A guide to Art, Antiques and Collectibles found in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Phone: 0054-11-47924787

Buenos Aires Toy Museum: Museum for vintage toy enthusiasts

This artcile,Destination Antiques, printed with kind permission and written by Reyne Haines.

Reyne Haines and REYNE GALLERY | 17 East 8th Street | 3rd Floor | Cincinnati, Ohio 45202REYNE GALLERY Press here to see. And Just GlassPress here to see JUST GLASS MALL

Friends we have made on the web........

As it happened with Rayne, we have met amazing and fabulous people throughout these many years of hard work and development. Mike from the UK, has enlightened us with his wonderful and amazing theatre plays and fire engines. With Pascale from Canada, we discovered the unknown glacier Antarctic territories and the Glacialis Productions.

Together with Jenny from Niceville,Link to Photo Album Jenny Fortune a whole new fabulous world of crazy adventures has popped just in front of our eyes.

While Paully,Link to Photo Album Christmas 2004 , Anderies,Jennifer, Erin and JoAnne,Link to Photo Album Mad Dog and antiques , have shared with us wonderful times hunting antiques, discovering Buenos Aires and its hidden treasures.

Hundreds of college students from Buenos Aires and from all over the world have researched and learnt about the world of antique toys and antiques in general thru our websites and research projects, The Buenos Aires Toy Museum..

We’ve traveled thru the many Argentine lighthouses with Klaus and Jim, in spite of the fact that we weren’t together on the boat…Together with Leon from Helmets of the Deep,Link to Photo Album Helmets of the Deep for Sale we dived into the deepness of the ocean, and surfaced together with Jim, spotting unknown treasures...

We have been the eyes thru which many, many wonderful people has got o know Buenos Aires, Argentina and its art, antiques, collectibles and design…Link to Photo Album Colonia

And our new and wonderful friends from all over the world have open our eyes into a wonderful world of wisdom and friendship that we treasure and value deeply. Link to Photo Album Giuseppe Pirone ,Link to Photo Album Jenny Fortune , Link to Photo Album Pascal Debusschere , Link to Photo Album Sandra Bao and the list goes on, to many to mention......

And if I was to die tonight, I would "Thank you all", my best wishes from a not so far away Argentina, Bob Frassinetti.

Interested in buying antiques and collectibles from Buenos Aires or for that matter any other item that I have mentioned in any article you have found on this my web site, you can buy Toys from my museum and threw eBay, threw the Toy Museum on eBay press here; Toy Museum on eBay and threw The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, press here; Art Dealer on eBay From Art to Antiques. Or contact me direct. For more information :Email Bob Frassinetti. Press here to go to The Buenos Aires Art Dealer is a webzine magazine on Art, Antiques & Collectibles made or found in Argentina. The Buenos Aires ArtDealer, Argentina.

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Bob Frassinetti. Copyright 2005. Roberto Dario Frassinetti. Argentina.

Posted by bob frassinetti at 12:50 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2005 1:14 PM
Tuesday, 1 February 2005
Glass, made in Argentina. Part II
Topic: Glass made in Argentina
Glass, made in Argentina. Part II

Berazategui- Buenos Aires, the city of Glass. Art Galss, Carnival Glass, colletible glass.

See Photo Gallery on Carnival Galass:

Link to Photo Album Carnival Glass Argentina

For nearly two centuries Argentina was one of Latin America's most
industrialized countries together with Brazil and Mexico. The industries
within the country were strategically located in the fluvial littoral coast
covering the provinces of Santa Fe, a bit of Cordoba and specially Buenos
Aires. Within the province of Buenos Aires, the industrial pole was located
in what's known as the Southern Greater Buenos Aires, running from the city
of Avellaneda to Quilmes. This area grew and developed greatly uptill the
late 70s and early 90s when it's light began to go off. It became cheaper to
import than to produce in the country, hence the thousands of industries
within the area began to close their doors. And what up till then was a
trademark industry became nothing but a good memory. Notwithstanding that,
some industries remained, some others that had shut down their production
were re opened by their workers.
It's important to point out the historical, cultural and social value of the
Argentine Glass industry. Located in Berazategui in the southern area of the
Grater Buenos Aires, this industry developed outstandingly throughout the
late 1880s up to the present, producing avant-garde items artistically and
massively too. To illustrate the importance and meaning of our words it's
Cristales Rigolleau's legacy in terms of production and history to which we'
re going to refer as follows.
Back in 1882 there was not even one company that produced glass jars in the
country, and the importation terms were guided by extremely high standards,
making it impossible to achieve to small and medium conserve producers and
many other industries in need of these sort of containers. There had been
small and medium glass items producers who had gone bankruptcy, leaving many
warehouses abandoned including all the machinery left behind.
It was Leon Rigolleau the man of the hour. He bought all those warehouses
including the machines and leftovers, and began to produce glass jars in a
location nearby downtown BA. The company was christened La Nacional- the
National-. Soon they expanded as Mr. Rigolleau's nephew Gaston Fourvel
Rigolleau enters the business. The foremost important decision taken by the
Rigolleau family, a turning point within the national glass industry, was to
bring from France and Belgium specialized glass artisans to work with them .
In 1908 Cristalerias Rigolleau SA relocates in Berazategui, preserving the
downtown building as headquarter offices. It was then when a gifted Belgium
artisan arrived to Argentina to work at Rigolleau. Mr J.L. Humier was
Rigolleau's Artisan in chief. This was a family craft, so soon, several
members of the Humier family were to be running the day to day work at

Rigolleau soon became South America's most important crystal making company,
and one of the world's greatest. At the same time Rigolleau's prestige grew
all over the world, the company began to grow in terms of quantity
production, and to industrialize and mechanize more and more the productive
process. However, unlike the general trend, Rigolleau preserved an Artistic
Section of fully hand crafted high quality, great design items. Many of
these items were taken to world wide museums for their innovative design and
precious technique.

The broad and varied production lines within Rigolleau beheld: carnival
glass figurines and ashtrays, glass china, fluorecent lights tubes,
insulators, lab ware and many more items created using diverse techniques
such as : floating, kilnforming, glass soldering, bending, stretching,
laminating, fusing, casting, pouring, blowing and pressing among the most
relevant ones.

Rigolleau's products are nowadays still part of millions of Argentinean's
daily lives as well as highly appreciated collectibles all over the world
for their quality and design these items are coveted possessions to all
those who appreciate the product of a perfectly done work.

Email Bob Frassinetti.
The Buenos Aires Art

Bob Frassinetti. Copyright 2005. Roberto Dario Frassinetti.

Posted by bob frassinetti at 1:41 PM
Updated: Thursday, 10 February 2005 1:39 PM
Glass, Argentina
Topic: Glass made in Argentina
Ancient Techniques in a modern world : Glass made in Argentina. Part I.

The development in terms of production in these modern days is unquestionable. We, as humanity are now capable of producing anything men has ever dreamt of at amounts that are even to imagine. Billions of billions of all sort of items are daily produced, all looking alike, all mass produced by outstanding machines invented by someone with a very bright mind. All look-alike mass produced - mass consumed items... What ever happened to our beloved craftsman or woman? To those unique kinds of objects that suited our personality?

I believe those craftsmen and women became artists or artisans, and those unique items are now antiques...

But the modern world development has some weird and interesting turns down here in Argentina. One of the country's most important glass and crystal firms during the 60s and 70s went bankruptcy during the 90s. Over 1500 employees were left without a job, and one of the Glass industry Titans had gone down. When the owner shut down the lights for the last time and closed the front doors with an immense lock it seemed it was Cristalux's end had come, there were not going to be any more Durex items produced again. A broad set of vintage 1970s glass production machinery was locked down, and the magic maker worker was left out. The business had began to sink during the late 70s and 80s when it was impossible for these products to compete with foreign mass produced glass items. These workers were not regular workers, they were artisans according to our former definition. They were craftsmen and women who knew all about the art of making glass... Such a huge human capital could not be appreciated back then by their employer... But all those workers knew much more, so they gathered together and began to work out a plan to recover their beloved plant. They worked on a detailed plan to recuperate and put back to work this plant, went to the justice, and finally a couple of years ago they were granted the permission by Judge Matilde Ballestrini.

Filled with exitement, emotion and curiosity, 100 former Cristalux workers walked through the main entrance to their factory. It was something that words cannot describe...

They have jointly decided they wouldn't retake the former brand, this is our industry now, ours as Argentineans, so it should be called Argentinean industry, plain, simple, deep and powerful, said one of the workers... and so it did. On the bottom part of each item it reads: industria argentina.

As they turned on the power, and every sector of the plant enlighted and machines began to warm up they gathered together in front of the supply room... It's were the magic begins... These crafts wen and women, knowers of secrets and magicians of glass, mix in secret proportions sand, minerals and grained crystals, glass production has began!

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