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Q & A – September 26

Today I’m answering reader questions and sharing both the question and the answers with you. I’ve removed personal details for privacy reasons. Ready? Let’s do this!

Q: I would really love to do a tempered glass bowl as shown in you post. What is the fusing time for this project? I have never fused before and am looking for all the info I can get! There are 4 schedules given on the full fuse page and I want to make sure I use the correct one for the tempered glass. I have a ton of tempered glass and would love this to be my first fuse! Thank you! Continue reading Q & A – September 26

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Glass Casting, Bottle Sawing and Cats

This last week was a hectic one in the studio, I finally managed to transfer 90% of the tutorials from the Blog to the Knowledgebase, so now the tutorials are all in one place and much easier to find and use.  Yay!  This has been a big worry for me, glad to have it mostly done.

I also started a new body of sculptural work using cast recycled glass.  This is an idea that has been calling my name for a while now, and I can finally get around to it.  There are two different types of sculptures I’m working on, one is a combination of ceramic bases and cast glass tops.  I made ceramic bases first, and then had to figure out how to cast the glass to fit the base shape.  I stapled fiber paper around the base and added a nichrome wire to keep the paper nice and tight. Continue reading Glass Casting, Bottle Sawing and Cats

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10 Bottle Fusing Projects for Holiday Shows

Are you participating in holiday shows and boutiques this year?  Have you made enough art?  Getting stressed out?  Here are some ideas to get your inventory beefed up and ready to go!  (Click the title to go to the tutorial.)

1. Bottle Trinket Boxes

Bottle Glass Trinket Boxes
Bottle Glass Trinket Boxes

Made with cut bottles and fused lids.  With a little care you can create an amazingly wide variety of boxes and lids.  Cut some of the bottles taller to create bathroom storage containers.  Try displaying one with cotton balls or swabs so people get the idea.

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April 2015 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

fused bottle glass starfish

Like most people who live in snowy climates, spring always makes me think of the beach with longing.  Since I actually live in a landlocked state, it’s not like I can just run down to the beach for the afternoon.  I can, however, make a fancy starfish dish with a nifty free kiln carving pattern.

Step 1.

Download the pattern from the online store.  No credit card is necessary, simply add to cart, proceed to checkout and you’ll get a download link after check out.  There are a few other free patterns there that you may want to check out if you haven’t already. Continue reading April 2015 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

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March Kiln Carving Pattern

kiln carving with bottles

Well, we’ve been doing kiln carving patterns together for a long time now, I thought it might be fun to switch it up and make a pattern that is a slightly different shape and can be used in many different ways.

Step 1 – Download the pattern

Download the pattern from the online store. No credit card is required, simply enter your information, proceed to checkout and you’ll get a link for a downloadable file.
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