I have been working with some of my Carlo Dona tools lately and I have an itch for more of these great tools and I was wondering if there were any more of you out there that feel the same way?

It is kind of hard to get Carlo Dona tools, so I have been working with my husband Mike to organize an order of certain Carlo Dona tools because Mike will be going to Murano in April.  The apartment that Mike stays in on Murano is just a few blocks away from the Carlo Dona shop and I thought that this is a perfect opportunity to have him pick up some more tools.

I am mainly having Mike bring back the three sizes of raggiera or fin mold for producing fancy cane.  There are two or three sizes of bell flower presses and the wire holding tool to use with them ( I tried making glass objects on the ends of copper wire by holding it with piers and the wire vibrates from the torch heat and makes working the glass very difficult) that I want him to bring back.  The Carlo Dona work shop started making some really nice leaf mashers, plain mashers and ribbed mashers mounted on heavy tweezers that work really well.  There are some nice bead presses like a sea shell shape, different size hearts and squares that I want him to bring back also.  Another tool to consider is the glass shears, they are a well balanced hot glass cutting tool.

There are a few brass single sided press molds that I think are interesting.  One is a lady’s face, one is a lion and the most interesting one is a skull.

If anyone reading this blog is interested in possibly connecting with some of these fine Carlo Dona tools, contact me at patfrantz@frantzartglass.com and I will try to make your tool wishes come true.  I will not know the prices until I find out from Carlo Dona what is available.

Below are some photos of the tools I am interested in.

Flowers of Great Bluedini and Pulsar with a Poison Apple leaf. Bell flower presses_Carlo Dona wire holding tool
Bell flowers and leaf made with Carlo Dona tools Bell flower presses_Carlo Dona Wire holding tool
wire holding tool #1 Small raggieras_Carlo Dona Glass Shears - Carlo Dona
Wire holding tool #1 Small raggieras Carlo Dona Glass Shears – Carlo Dona
Skull press_Carlo Dona Small sea shell press_Carlo Dona Tweezers showing three different heads
Skull press_Carlo Dona Small sea shell press_Carlo Dona Tweezers showing three different heads