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Thank you for your question! According to one of the teachers from The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, you can use an acetylene and oxygen torch for melting glass; however, it tends to be much dirtier than using propane and oxygen. It may also run hotter than propane does.


Depending on the type of glass you are joining, the hot flame may shatter your glass due to stress. Any lampworked (torchworked) glass should be annealed. If you are repairing antique glass, lampworking is not recommended. 


The Museum's conservation department has prepared a general answer to the question, "Can you use glass or glassworking techniques to repair glass?" that may also be of interest.


More extensive lists of resources on conservation, fusing, and adhesives are available upon request. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance via Ask a Glass Question ( or by email (, phone (607-438-5300), or text (607-821-4029).


Borrowing Library Materials

If you wish to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books from its collection and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at For more information, please see our ILL policies and procedures.






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Please note: The Corning Museum of Glass is a non-profit, educational institute and, as such, cannot answer questions about rarity or value of your glass. For more information about appraisal services, see our curatorial FAQs.

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