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.
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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.
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.
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bottle glass frit in blue and clear
4″ square tile mold
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small votive or floral former Read more
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.
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.
Triangle Bead Mold Kit (includes mandrels and bead release)
flat bottle glass in desired colors
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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.
In my never ending quest to fuse all the things, I picked up a huge bag of glass globs at the thrift store. I’ve also heard them called jewels, and they look like flattened marbles. There are quite a few different colors, some irridized, but most not. There is also the possibility that some of the colors are painted, the reds and oranges in particular. That’s what makes this fun!
The blobs fit perfectly into the bottom of the mold with a mandrel over the top.