“Soft glass” takes less heat to soften, so it can be worked on a smaller torch, which can seem a little less intimidating for beginners. Although soft glass can be used to make small sculptures such as human figures or animals, currently most of our soft glass classes teach a wonderful variety of glass beadmaking techniques. Soft glass is available in a luscious array of colors including opaque and transparent glass. There is absolutely no limit to the creative possibilities for glass beadmaking, and it is an easily accessible way to launch into the world of hot glass.
Borosilicate is referred to as "hard glass" and is marketed under a number of names including "Pyrex". Besides its many commercial applications, its hardness makes it suitable for larger art pieces and sculpting.
The metals, particularly silver, used to color boro often create beautiful, and sometimes unpredictable, results.
Because of its hardness, Boro requires a hotter torch than soft glass. However, the tools and processes used to manipulate both types of glass are similar.