Archive for Bottle Glass

Fused Bottle Glass Glow Rocket

fused bottle bottom rocket

Here’s a fun project to do with our bottle bottom rocket mold.

Step 1:

Kiln wash the rocket mold

Bottle Bottom Rocket MoldStep 2:

Mix 1/2 teaspoon white Float Fire frit with glow powder: Read more

Compatible Products for Fusing Recycled Glass

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.

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Channel Bead Molds

Channel Bead Mold Kit

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.

Materials needed:

Channel bead mold kit

bottle glass of various colors

kiln wash

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Fused Bottle Glass Hearts and Flowers

fused recycled glass flower

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.

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Square Recycled Bottle Planter

Square bottle planter

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

Bottle Glass Frit Ball Votive

Bottle Glass Frit Ball Votive

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.

Materials needed:

bottle glass frit in blue and clear

Cherry Red Lead Free Float Fire

4″ square tile mold

paintbrush

tweezers

dust mask or respirator

diamond files

small votive or floral former Read more

Leaf and Droplet Glass Donuts

recycled glass chime

A lot of bottles get cut up around here, somewhere around 60 a week, and I’ve never been able to figure out what to do with the shoulder section of the bottles.  I usually just pitch it into the city glass recycling system, which is fine I suppose.  But it would be nice if I could just use them up.

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Triangle Bar Beads for Windchimes

triangle bar beads

Yet another use for the versatile Triangle Bead Mold kit.  Even if you don’t make jewelry, you might want to buy one of these, they are pretty darn cool.

What we are doing today is using the whole length of the bead mold to make long triangular bar beads that can be used in windchimes.

Materials needed:

Triangle Bead Mold Kit (includes mandrels and bead release)

flat bottle glass in desired colors

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Recycled Patron Bottle Birdfeeder

Recycled Patron Bottle

Patron tequila bottles are beautiful glass, handblown with bubbles, but the squat shape and square bottom makes it a difficult bottle to fuse and slump.  Using my trusty tile saw and a few extra items, I made a birdfeeder that doesn’t require a kiln.

Materials needed:

Patron bottle with cork

Cork Borer

Heavy duty wire

weather proof glass glue or silicone

narrow tubing.  I used 1/4″ plastic drip irrigation tubing

scissors or razor knife

diamond file

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Simple Celtic Knot Donut

Fused Glass Donut Knot

Fused recycled glass donuts are a wonderful thing, truly, but they are so very round, and just, round.  Sometimes it’s fun to make fused donuts and rings that are a bit fancier you know.  This simple Celtic knot donut came into being after an epic bottle cutting with a tile saw left me with 24 thick champagne bottle glass rings.

Step 1.

Cut bottle rings.  Champagne bottles work very well for this because the glass is thick.  Try to cut your rings as tall as the glass bottle wall is thick. Read more