Archive for Bottle Glass

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

May 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

Fused bottle glass tree

It’s been a few months since we had a new kiln carving pattern.  After nearly 3 years of drawing these, I hit a creative slump and just couldn’t think of anything new and interesting to do.  After a couple months off though, I have ideas!  Here’s one for May, and June’s is already in progress. Read more

Tie Dye Fused Bottles

Tie Dye Fused Bottles

Tie Dye fused bottles are a fun take on the old flattened bottle trick. To make these, you need Glassline Paints and Mica Lusters from Thompson Enamel. Read more

Stainless Steel Tile Molds

Stainless steel has a bit of a mythical place in the glass world, it’s great for molds, difficult to work with, expensive as all get out.

Some of these things aren’t true.  Stainless can be easy to work with, and a very useful thing indeed.  A few years ago, I had a client that wanted custom made recycled glass tile for her bathroom.  The tile would be made with the wine bottles she saved up, which would be ground, filtered and the frit custom mixed to make colors, and then fused into tile shapes.  Which meant I needed a bunch of custom sized tile molds.  I had experimented with ceramic tile molds, which worked well, but were time consuming to make. Read more

Bottle Glass Frit Making – Guest Post

bottle tops for fritRecently, one of our readers, Beverly Frey conducted a series of experiments making bottle glass frit using her kiln and cold water.  She shared her results with us on facebook and has generously agreed to share her results in a blog post as well. Read more

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