Dippity Glass / Crystal Flor

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Does anyone remember Dippity Glass? Or maybe I should ask, is anyone even old enough to remember Dippity Glass? I had my Dippity Glass set in the late 1960s. You shaped wire into flower petals and then dipped those into a tin of Fantasy Film resin. I remember it being called Dippity Glass, but I can’t find any images of those old sets online, although I do find Dip-A-Flower and Fantasy Film. No matter. I had a ball with it — for a few weeks at least — and filled some vases with flowers for my mother and my sister.

When I was at my mother’s apartment during one of her long hospital stays some time after we moved to Spain in 2011, I discovered one remaining flower. And, no, I didn’t keep it, but I did dust it off for a photo.

I just read online that you can still buy Fantasy Film. I also learned from YouTube that I could have been making Fantasy Film fairy wings. That would have put my parents right over the edge.

In addition to the Dippity Glass, I had a wood burning set. I really enjoyed that for a while as well. My father prefered it to the flowers. But just look what I could have made. Any kits in your past?


¿Alguien recuerda a Dippity Glass? O tal vez debería preguntar, ¿hay alguien lo suficientemente mayor como para recordar a Dippity Glass? Tuve mi juego Dippity Glass a fines de la década de 1960. Le dio forma al alambre en pétalos de flores y luego los sumergió en una lata de resina Fantasy Film. Recuerdo que se llamaba Dippity Glass, pero no puedo encontrar ninguna imagen de esos viejos escenarios en línea, aunque sí encuentro Dip-A-Flower y Fantasy Film. No importa. Me divertí mucho, al menos durante unas semanas, y llené algunos jarrones con flores para mi madre y mi hermana.

Cuando estaba en el apartamento de mi madre durante una de sus largas estancias en el hospital poco después de mudarnos a España en 2011, descubrí una flor restante. Y no, no me lo quedé, pero sí lo desempolvé para una foto.

Acabo de leer en línea que todavía puedes comprar Fantasy Film. También aprendí de YouTube que podría haber estado haciendo alas de hadas de Fantasy Film. Eso habría puesto a mis padres al borde del abismo.

Además del Dippity Glass, tenía un kit pirograbador de madera. Realmente disfruté eso por un tiempo también. Mi padre lo prefería a las flores. Pero mira lo que podría haber hecho. ¿Algún kit en tu pasado?

Author: Moving with Mitchell

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24 thoughts on “Dippity Glass / Crystal Flor”

  1. I’m way old enough to remember, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of Dippity Glass. Looks like a craft I would have enjoyed learning.

    1. Shirley:
      It was fun. And I’m sure I’d make much more interesting flowers (or whatever) now. Fantasy Film appears to be easy to find if you want to start a new hobby.

  2. Just dropping in from Steve’s blog… I am of the proper era, but don’t remember Dippity Glass or Fantasy Film. I did plenty of other things, though, like shrinky dinks and creepy crawlers.

    1. Kelly:
      Thanks for visiting! I remember shrinky dinks and creepy crawlers, but I think I felt too old and cool when those came out.

  3. I don’t remember anything like that in the UK, but I did have a Plasticraft kit, from which you could make paperweights and rings, keyrings, etc by setting items in a clear resin. I can still remember the smell of those chemicals to this day; they would stink the house out and make your eyes water. I’m surprised more kids didn’t become glue-sniffers, really! It’s guaranteed to be banned today. Jx

    1. Jon:
      I never became a glue sniffer, but oh how I loved the smell of airplane glue. Sales weren’t controlled until after I had been making models for years — in my bedroom — with the door and windows closed.

    1. Jim:
      I loved the smell of the wood burning. I didn’t much enjoy the pre-stamped boards that came with the set. So I was constantly looking for other pieces of wood to use. The interior of my desk drawers got the treatment.

  4. I’ve seen Dippity Glass, though I didn’t know that’s what it was called. I remember a wood burning set from my childhood, too, though mostly I just copied designs.

    1. Bob:
      My wood burning set came with pre-stamped pieces of wood. I didn’t like those. So I doodled on whatever was available. It’s a wonder I didn’t burn down the building.

  5. I am trying to remember anything like that. Most likely not, ran contrary to my father’s philosophy that if it was going to be used up, or run out, it was not a good idea.

  6. I’ll join the ‘ I’m as old as dirt but never heard of Dippity Glass, club’. We did get a Creepy Crawler thingy, though. We even got the Incredible Edible version with Gobblety-Goop. This may have been the germination of my gummy obsession. I remember the wood burning set. We weren’t allowed to play with it. It was my mother’s toy. I did like the smell, though.

    1. Deedles:
      Oh, I remember Gobbledy Goop! I wanted it, but I was already in my hippy-ish phase when those came out. Dippity Glass fit better. I loved the smell of the wood burning set.

  7. Looks like something I might have done at art class in school, but never at home.

    I once made one of those model cars. Very proud of myself that I could do it. Never did it again.

    1. Kirk:
      I was always making models. I had one kit that was a diorama of the boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Luis Ángel Firpo. It took place in 1923. I have always hated boxing and have no idea who gave that to me, but I loved making it when I was 11. When I was in kindergarten, I made a model of a black standard poodle. (I imagine it was three pieces!) I brought it to show-and-tell and one of the kids broke it. My teacher said “That’s what you get for bringing it to show-and-tell.” Her name was Miss Miller and she made a lasting bad impression.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I was I think a bit too old for Creepy Crawlers (my cool phase), but really wanted to make some.

  8. I vaguely remember Dippity Glass, but I don’t remember the name. I think I had some friends who had things that were made with those kits. I didn’t have one myself.

    But I DID have the “shrunken head” kit that made a shrunken head out of a dehydrated apple sculpted with a human face. (Little beads for eyes!) And I had a glass-cutting kit that made drinking glasses and vases out of old bottles. And a chemistry set that included actual CYANIDE! (My parents confiscated the cyanide.)

    1. Steve:
      Ew, shrunken apple heads! A glass-cutting kit would have been dangerous in my hands, but I would have loved until I sliced something off. I asked my parents for a chemistry set one year. Begged. It was what I truly wanted. My father brought home a ham radio set (because he loved electronics). I remember standing next to his work bench watching him assemble it! If cyanide was in yours can you imagine what was in mine those ___ years earlier?

  9. Yes, I remember Dippity Glass! In the late 1960s, I was in a Baptist Youth Group (don’t ask) and it was one of the craft projects we did! I made a daisy. It was yellow, I believe. My brother had a wood burning set AND a chemistry set. He was forever burning his fingers on the wood burning tool. I don’t remember him doing anything of any note with the chemistry set.

    1. Debra:
      A Baptist Youth Group… I won’t ask but it sure has me wondering. Amazingly, I don’t remember ever burning my fingers with the wood burning set. I think I should buy Luke a chemistry set this year!

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