This design evolved from a multi loop fused glass bail that I made at the same time as the single loop bail from earlier in the week. I wasn’t sure how viable it was really going to be, but I have to admit, this thing is ridiculously cute.
glass (I’m using a blue Bud Light bottle)
Triangle Bead Mold Kit
20 gauge nichrome wire
round nose pliers
needle nose pliers
glass glue Read more
Frequently at art shows I see many beautiful pendants with boring bails. I admit, the bail is often the last thing I think about when making jewelry, and often my bails are even less interesting than the average boring bail. I’ve decided my new go to is a fused glass bail bead. While it’s not earth shatteringly cool, it gives me a chance to add a bit more color and balance to my glass pendant. There are also many ways to embellish your bail, which we’ll cover in a future tutorial. See what you think.
Triangle bead mold kit
glass (I’m using a flattened Bud Light bottle)
20 gauge nichrome wire
round nose pliers
needle nose pliers Read more
Once you’ve gotten a stock of bottle glass bar beads, you can start making some fun jewelry designs.
This bracelet is made with memory wire, bar beads, leather cord and one round bead with a large hole. The memory wire makes the bracelet springy, and the leather cord makes it adjustable for ease of wearing.
Step 1: Choose your bar beads. I’m using 5 different shades of blue, and a total of 15 beads. Altogether, my beads are 7.5″. Laying them out against a ruler like this will give you an idea of how much wire you need for Step 2. Read more
Bar beads are made with 2 strips of bottle glass fused over 2 mandrels to make a long skinny bead with 2 holes. These beads can be used in a variety of jewelry designs, and can be mixed and matched for all kinds of colorful looks.
Start with flattened bottle glass sheets. I like to do a variety of these beads at the same time.
Cut the bottle glass into strips measuring 3/8″ wide by 1 3/4″ long (.375″ x 1.75″). Read more
You might think that fused bottle glass stars are a holiday specific item, but I make these three designs in multiple colors for year round giving. They are terrific for tying onto any gift with a bow to make it extra special, and they are a lovely small ‘Thank You’ gift for friends, neighbors and colleagues.
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