I recently saw a video where a glassblower was making something, and one of the first steps was to push the wad of molten glass down into a shaper with a number of vertical spikes, such that the result vaguely resembled a gear.
I am aware that gears can be made of plastics and wood (e.g. https://woodgears.ca/gear_cutting/index.html) as well as metals, but would glass (perhaps a stronger variant such as tempered or borosilicate glass) be suitable to make gears out of? Are there any historical examples of this?
Obviously with modern materials and techniques steel is probably the best choice in an industrial setting, but I am curious as to it's suitability as an intermediate step between cheap but quickly worn down wooden gears for rapid prototyping and metal gears for serious use. I would imagine it could be a lot easier and cheaper to melt glass in a home workshop and pour it into a mold or shape it appropriately as compared to doing the same thing with metals (keeping in mind equipment costs e.g. having to build a foundry capable of melting steel).