The Story Behind Our ‘Brood X’ Cicada Suncatcher

Jun 11th 2021

The Story Behind Our ‘Brood X’ Cicada Suncatcher

As the Blenko campus and entire surrounding area was recently visited by Brood X visitors, it spawned the idea of immortalizing them in glass!. 

The idea was first presented by our VP of sales and then one employee was tasked with the challenge of catching a few of these winged insects to be used as models.

Once our models were collected, our lead custom designer began etching the cicada design into graphite, a timely and meticulous process. During the etching and design process, one final touch was suggested by our night watchman. As a subtle nod to commemorate the ‘Brood X’ Cicada, it was suggested that the twigs and sticks in each suncatcher background be laid out in a way to display subtle x’s as a way to memorialized ‘Brood X’. 

Our graphite molds were then turned into stamps for our hot glass shops! In the hot shops, globs of molten glass are collected, cut to a certain size and pressed with the stamp to imprint the desired design.

After a trip down the lehr to cool, our suncatchers are inspected for any imperfections and take one final trip to the grinding room to drill a hole in the suncatcher before they are ready for the public. 

We hope that you enjoy this new suncatcher design! 

Assemble a brood of your own with our new Tangerine and Spring Green Cicada Suncatchers to mark the rare appearance of these magnificent insects.