In honor of my short film-to-be, “Stull”, which involves many broken beer bottles, I thought I’d post some of the fruits of my research into fake glass. This site has a good recipe (UPDATE: or not, see comment below):
* Old saucepan
* Baking thermometer
* 2 measures of water
* 1 measure of golden syrup
* 3 1/2 measures of sugar
* A mould for your glass (depending on the shape requirements)
* Mix the water, golden syrup and sugar together in the saucepan and bring it to a boil on the oven.
* Leave it boiling until the mixture is thick, with almost all the water boiled off.
* Pour it into whatever mould you’re using and let it cool.
* Keep it out of moist areas and direct sun.
* Sugar glass doesn’t last long (warps or goes sticky) so make it close to the time when you plan to use it.
* Though only sugar, the glass can have sharp edges/points when broken, so be careful when handling.
* Do not let the sugar caramelize otherwise it turns into a horrible brown
* To achieve the see through glass affect use liquid glucose instead of golden syrup. It still has the same properties just that it is clear.
There’s also such a thing as ‘rubber glass‘:
Rubber Glass is easy to use and crumbles to look like broken glass or ice. Use to finish the effect of an actors going through windows – they land on the ground and roll in the
About.com’s fake glass recipe
Bizarre Stuff faux glass recipe
Action Props Rubber Glass
Alfonso’s Breakaway Glass
Breakaway Effects LTD
Theatrical Breakaway Bottles, suitable for hitting someone on the head… I guess