See a lot of nice bowls being done, my question is about the glass bowl itself. Where do you get your's, how do you chose a good bowl?
Don't see much at the big box stores except the usual "drum" shaped traditional goldfish bowl, none of the nice "crystal ball"
or fat bottom
shape (or anything else interesting)
The home decorating stores (we have a "Home Goods" near here) has quite a few decorative glass items that look good from an aesthetic viewpoint and are larger than a gallon, but only a few seem to have thick enough walls to trust to hold water. None of them have a thick rolled lip like in the post for Newman's Shrimp bowl.
3 jumped out at me, one was a ball shaped "made in China" that looked to be about a gallon, the rim was ground flat (not polished) and the walls were about an 1/8 of an inch (guessing, didn't have a micrometer in my pocket
Another looked like a heavy based hurricane lamp
(heavy solid base but upper cylinder is twice the diameter) - but huge, like 5 or 6 gallons easy. Walls were on the thick side, maybe 3/16", ground top edge (not polished)
The last one looked like an over-size traditional shot glass, slightly flared at the top.
Would the large open tops be an evaporation nightmare, even worse how would you decide if the glass was thick enough to trust? The last 2 were marked "hand made in Poland", only 13 bucks but still a slight chance of being crystal, which means the possibility of lead. If it was would that leach into the water?
Bottom line - were do you guys find these bowls?