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North Rose Wolcott High School, Student Work

Last January I had the pleasure of talking with Howard Skinner, the art teacher at North Rose Wolcott High School about the possibility of his students working with recycled glass. What a fabulous surprise to get photo’s of the projects. These students are doing some seriously cool glasswork.

From an artist’s point of view, this is really about the best thing that can happen. If my work and knowledge can inspire kids to branch out and explore, then I’m doing my job right! (of course, having an expert like Howard as your teacher helps too…)

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Windbreak and Best Actress award(s)

Windbreak
Windbreak

Windbreak

Windbreak started coming to Farmer’s Market with me during the summer of 2007. One of my favorite people (we’ll call him Don) came to visit it every week for quite a few weeks straight.

Towards the middle of the summer, Don’s wife (let’s call her Annette)decided to give Windbreak to Don for Christmas. At that point Windbreak didn’t have a base, so casually, during one of the weekly visits, I asked Don for advice on building the perfect base.

Turns out Don had definite opinions about that. Which I followed.

Well, this went on for the rest of the summer. Annette and I managed to keep a straight face until the very end.

The best/worst part was having to tell Don that Windbreak had been sold. Ouch!

Needless to say, Don was surprised on Christmas, and Annette and I should have gotten some kind of award for acting!

Windbreak measures 15″ wide and approximately 10″ tall. Hand-carved and slumped recycled glass 3/8″ thick. Mounted in a solid walnut base with LED lights.

 






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Tile Testing

Recycled Glass Tile testingRecycled Glass Tile – Coming Right Up

The question that I get more often than any other is “can I mix bottle glass?” The answer is yes, with caveats. I wish I could claim credit for the technology, but the CWC.org folks figured all of this out for us sometime in the late ’90’s. You can read the white papers on their website.

The long and short of it is, it all depends on temperature and glass particle size. What you see here is one week’s worth of testing of different glass colors, temperatures and particle sizes. I am working out the last few bugs on a line of recycled glass tiles. This is about a third of my test firings. It’s hard to see the stacks and stacks on the right hand side of the photo.

Tile photo’s coming up. Stay tuned.






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Technical Question, Compatibility & School Projects

Mali C. bring this question:

Hello Jodi:

I took a visit to your site after viewing you on HGTV That’s Clever. Which by the way you did a nice job and I hope you were eventually able to view it if you haven’t already.

I work with elementary school children doing art classes as a guest artist. Most of the material I use is recycled, or things I donate. I have done quite a few fused glass projects, but donating these supplies (purchased 90 COE fusing glass) is becoming quite costly for me. I am looking into using recycled found glass to use with my elementary kids. I was given a case of wine bottles from a winery, all different colors. I was hoping to use the different colored glass (combined) on one piece. Kinda like how you crushed the red glass onto the one example you showed on your site. My question #1 is: are all bottles the same COE, (like wine bottles)? Question #2: Is all regular, float window glass the same COE, or do you just use all the glass from one window in each piece and not mix from other windows? Question #3: Do you experience a lot of devit on your recycled glass pieces? I actually like the look of devit at times and have seen some nice jewelry made from recycled milk bottles that had devit and they were wonderful. Continue reading Technical Question, Compatibility & School Projects

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Technical Question, Compatibility and Temperatures

This question was originally posed by Susan G.:

I enjoy your website. I am a beginner with fused glass. I was very excited to find someone who uses reclycled window glass and bottle glass ro work with.

Can you tell me:
1. the maximum temp to fire window glass and bottle glass
2. can window glass and bottle glass be fired together to make one piece?

thank you
Susan

Hi Susan;

The maximum temperature ranges from between 1375 for a slump to 1590 for a cast piece. The holding time varies as well, based on what you want to do. Different thickness and age of window glass all play a part. Different colored bottles melt differently as well. Generally I have found that newer windows melt more smoothly, and the darker the bottle glass, the lower the melting point. Continue reading Technical Question, Compatibility and Temperatures

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Technical Question, Compatibility & Bottles

This question was originally posed by Judy W.:

Hi Jodi,
Just saw your That’s Clever segment which made me check out your website. I am very new (read ‘clueless’) to firing glass but have aspirations. I want to make tiles for my new kitchen with found bottle glass and have been saving bottles until the garage is well populated with blue, green and brown. I would like to vary the colors as you did in your blue and white bowl shown on your web site. I would appreciate knowing what you use for flux–is that what gives it some opacity?

Also I have a new barely used glass/ceramics kiln that I am trying to learn to fire correctly. Out here in rural MO there’s not much help available so I am inquiring about an example firing schedule for crushed bottle glass — if you are willing to share such info. Continue reading Technical Question, Compatibility & Bottles

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Technical Question, Bottle Cutting

Flo S. posed this question:

Hi Jodi,

Saw your show on HGTV – great looking pieces. I love recycling but I am not into glass- EXCEPT I work with 4H and Scouts as well as some private schools. I just came into a windfall of colored bottles, mostly wine/alcohol I guess, after a friends Mother passed over. I want to cut the bottle into rings – then on my demo for Miami Dolphins Jerseys the children on the Kiln I want to fire them – to smooth the edges – and Recycled they can then make into wind chimes. I am finding it hard to cut the bottles with the little kits, where you put in a cradle and run a cutter around the bottle, heat and and drop in cold water etc etc. Any easier way to do this. I will never get enough done this way. Thanks, Flo

Hi Flo, I bought one of those little kits too. The cutter is not very good. I still use the cradle, but use my own glass cutter, which is much higher quality. I score the bottle, then use a propane torch to heat it and drop it in ice water. It takes a good bit of practice, and I’m not sure you want to show the kids the torch part. I can cut the tops and bottoms off of bottles at Football about 45/hr. The bad new is, I’ve never been able to make rings. I know the little baaskursus book that comes with the cutter shows them, but I’ve just never been able to consistently do it.

The bottoms of the bottles melt nice and flat, in fact, I make sun catchers out of them. The downside to that is they have to be drilled and wired together. I’ve had requests from local schools about projects with recycled glass, wholesale nfl jerseys I’m still testing cheap NBA jerseys some of my ideas, I’ll keep you posted.

If you want to go ahead with the bottle cutting, you can get a professional grade cutter at any stained glass supply house, I use a Toyo. I think they run about $20. It will last you forever, I’ve been using mine for 7 years.

Good luck,

Jodi

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Technical Question, Recycled Glass Compatibility

Sandy P. brings this question:

Hi Jodi,
I am in Tampa, Florida and heard about you from a friend who saw you on HGTV in Charlevoix, Michigan. I am new to fusing and love the idea of using “recucled” glass. I have a question for you. Do you mix the glass? It’s always been instilled to me about using compatible glass? I’ve slumped a beer bottle for fun but haven’t done any other experimenting. I’d really appreciate it if you would let me know. Thanks. I’ll be watching for you ~
Sandy

Hi Sandy;

What you have learned is correct, EXCEPT when you reduce the size of the surface area to nearly non-existent proportions, i.e. crushed glass. Bedrock tile co. in Seattle has been doing it for about a long time, with no flux or additions.

I have one piece shown here on my blog that is mixed blue bottle glass and clear window. The piece is opaque and made with crushed glass scroll down to August 28 entry to have a look.

Let me know if you have additional questions,

Jodi

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