Archive for Bottle Glass

Flaming Heart Windchime – Part 2

flaming heart windchime

Flaming Heart Windchime with color frit

This is part 2 of a multipart tutorial about making a flaming heart windchime from the free January Kiln Carving Pattern.  If you haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, you can find it here.  Part 1 of this tutorial is also available.

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Flaming Heart Windchime – Part 1

rvshrtfiberToday we are going to make the second project of the month with our kiln carving pattern.  If you have already downloaded the pattern and used it for the suncatcher project, I hope you saved the cut out parts!  If not, no worries, just use the stencil and cut out another set.  (This is part 1 of a 2 part tutorial.)

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Bottle Glass Frit Balls

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Cobalt Blue bottle glass frit balls.

Lately I’ve become enamored of working with frit balls.  I had no idea how fun and addictive these things are!  Maybe because they look like unnaturally colored caviar or tiny marbles, who knows, but they are pretty cool.  First though, you have to make them.
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January 2015 – Free Kiln Carving Pattern

heart kiln carving pattern

Flaming heart kiln carving pattern finished project.

Since Valentines day is just a hop, skip and a jump away, I thought we’d do a heart pattern for January.   Read more

Fused Gecko Pattern with Mica

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Now that you have made your fused bottle glass gecko with the free pattern for October, what else can we do with him?  One thing to consider is adding mica to him for some color and sparkle!  It’s easy, grab your gecko and we’ll get started. Read more

October 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

fused bottle glass geckoThe free pattern for October is this adorable little gecko, he’s perfectly sized for a 750 mL bottle.  You could also add a friend and use multiple geckos on a larger project. Read more

Q & A Monday – July 21, 2014

Jodi McRaney RushoHappy Monday!  If you can smile about that, you’ll make it through anything.  Today I’m answering questions about mixing compatibilities in terms of bottles and frit, making polishing machines and using a ceramic kiln for glass.  These are actual reader questions and answers.  I’ve removed personal info for privacy reasons.  If you have a question, send it on over.

 

Q: can I use Uroboros 96 coe powdered frit on my bottles when I slump them or do I have to use the 82?? thank you. excited to slump some bottles :D Read more

July Free Kiln Carving Pattern

allium kiln carving pattern

As hard as it is to motivate myself to fire up the kiln and add to the already excruciating heat, I was inspired by this gorgeous thing: Read more

Making Fusible Flat Glass from Bottles

Bottles before the fusing starts

This is a longer, extended version of a newsletter from last fall.  This topic turned out to be one of the most popular newsletters ever, and is still generating questions, hopefully, this extended version will answer those!

The downside of fusing with bottle glass is that it arrives at your studio curved.  Sometimes that’s okay, some projects can accommodate the curved glass.  Some projects, however, must be made with flat glass.

Making your bottle glass into flat pieces for fusing is relatively easy, there are a few steps: Read more

Q & A Monday – 6/2/14

Jodi McRaney RushoWelcome to Q & A Monday, where I answer reader questions. Today we also have a reader contributed tip, AND a question I don’t have an answer for.  Hopefully someone out there will be able to help us!  Personal details have been omitted for privacy reasons.  If one of these questions is yours and you’d like a back link, let me know.  If you have a question of your own, feel free to send it on over.
Q:  I LOVE your sense of humor, esp. about clumsy relatives, ha! I was SO excited to accidentally stumble across your website yesterday!! I signed up for your email immediately. I have saved wine and other pretty bottles until they’re spilling from the house onto the patio and deck. I KNEW there had to be other crafts to make besides circles for wind chimes. My question is, how do I cut the remaining bottle cylinder evenly in half vertically; after the bottom and neck have been removed? Do I have to buy a tile saw or other type of saw or can I score both sides, tap, and hope they separate relatively evenly at the same time? Read more

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