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Q & A Monday, August 14 edition

Today I’m answering reader questions that came in via email. All personal information has been removed for privacy reasons. If you have a question that you must, simply must have an answer to, send it on over via the About/Contact page.

Q: Good afternoon Jodi,
I have a question about the piece you created using mica and showed it on your web site a few years ago, it was a beautiful plate called “Lava”

Would you be able to tell me how you created this piece as I would like to try and make a similar plate.

Keep up the good work as I have learned a lot from your newsletters and now do quite a few things using window glass and thick glass shelves that I acquired. Continue reading Q & A Monday, August 14 edition

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Q & A Monday, August 7 Edition

Today I’m answering reader questions that came in via email.  All personal details have been removed for privacy reasons.  If you have a glass question that simply must be answered, give me a shout through the About/Contact page.

Q:  Hi there,

I am getting ready to fire my first Bombay Sapphire bottle and I wondered what you do with the writing/ink on the sides of the bottle. I was looking at the pictures in the Tips for Removing Labels and I couldn’t see anything specifically about it, and it looks like the print is still on the bottles in the picture.

A:  The lettering is an enamel, so it does often stay on. I’m not sure if etching cream will take it off or not, I usually just roll with it. If you really, really don’t want it, you could grind it off with a dremel and diamond bit before you fire.  Oh, I should have mentioned, if you are selling your work, people LOVE the little enamel letters that stay on. Odd, but there you go! Continue reading Q & A Monday, August 7 Edition

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Q & A Monday, July 31 Edition

diamond carving bits

Today I’m answering reader emails that came in via email or private message.  If you have a glass question that needs answering, please send it on over through the About/Contact page.  All personal details are removed for privacy reasons.

Q: Hi there – me again! I have finally purchased a wet tile saw (after wasting too much money on stupid score and scald bottle cutters AND a diamond band saw that sucked) – and then, I bought a hugely expensive glass blade for it.

So I’m using it for the first time today and almost every time it gets to the last bit it cracks, breaks, or chips. What am I doing wrong? Too fast? Too slow? Torquing the bottle? Any suggestions you can give me would be appreciated. I’ve watched a ton of YouTube videos (including yours) but they are all about process and not technique.

Thanks for any help you can offer! Continue reading Q & A Monday, July 31 Edition

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Monday Q & A, April 24, 2017

Bottles for fusing

Today I’m answering reader questions that came in via email.  All personal information has been removed for privacy reasons.  If you have a question that you must, simply must have an answer to, send it on over via the About/Contact page.

 

Q:   I purchased your Recycled Glass Garden Art class this weekend. Love it so far! (Haven’t completed it yet).

You were talking about the Rock Polishing Grit and said you would put in the notes for the class where you purchase yours. I don’t have access to those notes, since I didn’t watch the free class. Can you please tell me where you purchase?
Thank you. So glad you are doing these classes online. LOVE them!!!

Continue reading Monday Q & A, April 24, 2017

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Jewelry Broadcast and other news

Last week was a whirlwind in the studio, I did an intensive recycled glass jewelry broadcast class, and what seemed like a million other things.  Here are some of the highlights:

Trying to look serious in our safety gear. Take Safety Seriously!
Props of choice, mine is always coffee!
My awesome host Nashlah, we have so much fun together!
Beautiful Paola modeling a necklace we made in class.

The class is now available as an on demand video if anyone is interested in catching up with that.  Next free online broadcast is April 17-19, Recycled Glass Garden Art.

 

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Q & A Monday, April 3, 2017

Q:  Hi, Love your website and am planning to make an order with you. I am brand new to the recycled glass hobby fun.
I am wanting to make sun catchers our of old glass. I really do not know what I am doing yet, but am a fast
learner and have been doing a lot of reading. I have seen sun catchers online and they appear to be more pressed with a rounded edge than flat. I am at a loss as to what mold would yield this type of sun catcher. I have attached a photo from the net. I am in love with that look and don’t know how to achieve it. I am so excited to get started. I am also wanting to make sun catchers for a cause here locally to help fund raise for random community needs. Would love to know how to make my own molds to use for glass works. Thank you from Texas! Continue reading Q & A Monday, April 3, 2017

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Stegosaurus, Reindeer and a Show

fused glass stegosaurus

The season is picking up and becoming hectic, right on schedule.  Sometime I think the holidays are the most stressful time of the year for artists, trying to make gifts for everyone else, and get your own gift purchasing done!

This week I was happy to be a last minute inclusion in a boutique and fundraiser for the Animal Advocacy Foundation that was organized by Purring Buddha.  What a wonderful group of vendors and customers!  The animal rescue community has the biggest hearts indeed.  Here are some of the photo highlights of the boutique: Continue reading Stegosaurus, Reindeer and a Show

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Q & A Monday, December 5 Edition

Bottles for fusing

Today I’m answering reader email questions.  The personal details have been removed for privacy.  If you have a burning (ha!) glass question, please send it on over using the contact form.  Please be patient, I receive hundreds of emails a day, sometimes I get a little behind schedule.

 

First, a huge Thank You to everyone who sent Thanksgiving messages, it was inspiring to hear from so many people from so many places, I love the glass community!  Now, I have a fresh cup of coffee, so here we go!

Q:  can stoneware milds be used for glass casting? There are some cute Brown Bag cookie molds that I think would make sweet ornaments and suncatchers.  There are stoneware.  can they be used for glass casting?  Stoneware means they have been fired at a higher temperature than bisque (used to do pottery…still want to). Continue reading Q & A Monday, December 5 Edition