How to Make Glass in Minecraft

The glass block was one of the first blocks to be brought into Minecraft, stemming from a player suggestion all the way back in 2009. Due to being the first transparent block to be implemented into the game, the glass block is regarded as one of few staple blocks that help define Minecraft in itself.

Originally, only the basic uncolored glass block was featured in the game, however, due to the popularity and the massive utility provided by this transparent block, many variants of the original glass block were quickly implemented. This included the likes of glass panes and color-stained glass blocks. 

This guide will explain everything you need to know about glass in Minecraft, with an in-depth crafting tutorial also provided.

Required Items to make a glass in Minecraft

In order to craft 1 glass block, you will need:

  1. 1 sand block 
  2. 1 furnace 
  3. any type of furnace fuel source

Sand blocks are not rare at all and can typically be very easily found within minutes of exploring a world, they commonly spawn close to a water source. 

Sand can easily be collected by breaking a sand block by hand, no special tools are required.

If you do not already have access to a furnace, check out this guide to quickly learn how to craft and use one. A furnace is also critical for progression in many other aspects of the game. 

How to make glass in Minecraft?

In a Nutshell:

To make a glass, place a block of sand in the top cell in the furnace GUI. Then, fill the lower cell with your choice of fuel such as coal, wood, etc. Wait for the arrow in the middle to fill. Now that a glass block has been crafted, simply click the glass and drag it into your inventory.

Step-by-Step Guide(with Pictures):

Here is the step-by-step pictorial guide you need to follow to make glass in Minecraft:

Step-1 Interact with your furnace in order to open the furnace menu. It should look like this: 

Open the furnace menu

Step-2 Put the sand in the top furnace slot and put some kind of furnace fuel in the bottom slot. Lots of things can be used as furnace fuel, including coal, charcoal, lava buckets, and nearly anything made out of wood.

Put the sand in the top furnace slot and furnace fuel in the bottom slot

Step-3 Now that the glass has been successfully created, drag the newly crafted glass block out of the furnace menu into your own inventory.

Step-4(Optional) You can use the glass block you just created in its current state just fine. However, if you’d like to spice things up, you can easily apply a color stain to your glass blocks with some common color dyes, such as green or red dyes. 

In order to apply any color dye to a glass block, simply open a crafting table menu and place your chosen dye in the middle, and surrounded it with glass blocks, as shown below.

Place your dye in the middle and surround it with glass blocks

Uses of Glass in Minecraft

Glass can be placed the same as any other block in the game. It is commonly used for windows in houses, or more generally in any building in which the player wants to see what's going on in the outside world while remaining safely inside. 

A Minecraft house utilizing glass blocks in its design

A Minecraft house utilizing glass blocks in its design

Glass blocks are also vital for crafting some useful items in the game that will help greatly on your adventures, such as beacons, daylight sensors, glass bottles, glass panes, and more.

It should be noted that glass blocks cannot be normally broken and picked up like many other blocks in the game. If you try to break a glass block without a silk touch pickaxe, the glass will simply smash and the block will not drop.

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Glass blocks in Minecraft are utilized in several crafting recipes and are themselves core decorative blocks within the game, with players able to leverage their favorite colors as stained glass blocks directly. The process of crafting glass is easy and the resource cost is very cheap, primarily thanks to the massive abundance of sand in the game. 

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