Last month I posted a newsletter about slumping bottles with applied ceramic labeling, or enamel labeling. Readers from all over the world very generously sent in photos of their slumped bottles with enamel labels. If you would like to contribute a photo, please use the form on the About/Contact page.
From Thomas Brannon: (note the gold mica on the inside of the bottles, gorgeous!) Read more
I love making things like this for the holidays, they are fun to make and easy to gift (or sell).
Man in the Moon Mold
1.5L cobalt blue bottle bottom
glass drill or dremel
clear glass beads
Flat blue bottle glass
Kilnwash the mold, add the cobalt bottle bottom and full fuse the bottle bottom on the Man in the Moon Mold. (In depth Bottle Bottom Fusing Tutorial here.) Read more
Fusing with bottle bottom molds is easy and surprisingly versatile. To start, you need a bottle bottom mold. We have a lovely variety in our online store, with new designs being issued regularly. Here is one of my favorites:
Kilnwash your mold, or coat it with whatever your favorite mold release is.
Flower mold with kiln wash
Then add a 750mL bottle bottom (also available in our online store if you don’t feel like wrangling with a saw). For best results, you should try and cut the bottle as close to the bottom as possible. Read more
Sometimes I get lucky and get a very unusual bottle in the stash. Last fall, when this one turned up in my bottle donation box, I was pretty excited about it.
Here’s a fun project to do with our bottle bottom rocket mold.
Kiln wash the rocket mold
Mix 1/2 teaspoon white Float Fire frit with glow powder: Read more
Sometimes it’s nice to add a little something extra to your bottle fusing project, here’s a handy list of product that I’ve used over the years, the suppliers that I purchased them from, and a tutorial or two to get you started.
Channel bead molds are great for making larger kiln formed beads. The outer two channels are slightly narrower for making smaller square beads, the center two channels slightly larger for making focal beads, or beads with two holes for more complex designs.
Channel bead mold kit
bottle glass of various colors
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Occasionally in the very mixed bag of bottles that ends up in my studio, there will be an oval shaped one. Oval shaped bottles slump well, there isn’t much chance of them rolling about on the shelf. But, they are also wonderful for making other things. If you get an oval shaped bottle, consider making flowers and hearts instead of just another cheese tray.
You’ll need an oval bottle tall enough to cut 8 rings (for a flower) or 2 rings (for hearts) Oval bottles come in different heights, so maybe cut the bottle first and see how many rings you end up with before you start.
Oval bottles: Read more
Recently one of my tutorials was picked up by a lifestyle website list, the best things to do with recycled wine bottles. There were lots of ideas, but some of the instructions were sketchy, so I thought it would be fun to show you how I would do it.
Today we’re making a planter from a square recycled bottle. The key to this is to cut one side of the bottle off as close to the inside edge as possible. You’ll see what I mean in the video: Read more
Some time ago we learned how to make bottle glass frit balls, and a heat based way to make bottle glass frit. Now, let’s do a project using our bottle glass frit and Float Fire.
bottle glass frit in blue and clear
Cherry Red Lead Free Float Fire
4″ square tile mold
dust mask or respirator
small votive or floral former Read more