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Not exactly a glass tool, but find here some variations on the famous topological model, the Klein Bottle. There is a good visual explanation about these objects discribed in a youtube video here.

The inimitable Dr. Cliff Stoll has come to us every once in awhile over the years to build him another crazy borosilicate Klein bottle. Some of them are quite challenging, and some impossible, depending on the number of dimensions!....

He talks a little bit about the one on the right on a TED talk here, @ ~ 5:10 minutes in. 

Wine Klein Karafe 

Wine Klien Carafe

A classic  for scientific glassblowers.

Classic Klien Bottle

On the right, 
The Klein Bottle of Tantalus.
It empties itself when the liqiud reaches the hieght of the handle.... 

Klein Bottle of Tantalus



Cliff recently brought in a small 3D printed update of this object that is very nice, shown on the right. You can get them from him at his website ACME Klein bottles.

Plastic Printed Klien bottle
And just for the record, ACME comes from Adams Chittenden and ME - at least, that's what Cliff told us ; )

Three Hole Torus
Three Hole Torus

"Hole in a Hole"
Hole in a Hole