If you haven’t tried fusing with plaster forms yet, you should give it a try. The main idea is to create a small three dimensional plaster form and then fuse glass over it. After fusing, the plaster can be removed leaving a detailed copy of the plaster form in the glass.
Today we’ll make a set of reference pieces to have on hand for future project planning. I always start a new technique with a set of reference pieces, my ‘library’ has hundreds of sets now, and they come in quite handy. I highly recommend the practice.
Bangle bracelets are a nice item to have in your product mix, they are less size dependant than clasp bracelets, and are great for people who love jewelry but have difficulty with operating catches and clasps. This bracelet is made with beads that were fused using the Channel Bead Mold. (See the full Channel Bead Mold Tutorial) Some of the beads were then tumbled in a rock tumbler for a sea glass appearance. Read more
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
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.
Most glass artists are familiar with fusing on molds to give glass texture, and with kiln carving to give glass a pattern. But, did you know you can combine the two? It’s easier than you think.
Start with a mold, we’re using a Man in the Moon bottle bottom mold, and a Rocket bottle bottom mold. Read more
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.