Recently I discovered the wonders of mica. I had no idea what a versatile and amazing tool useful tool mica is to have in my collection of fused recycled glass ideas. Here are a few of the pieces that I’ve made recently using various types of textured glass and a mica solution. The mica on all of these pieces is painted on the surface of the glass and fired, most a slump firing. Read more
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Today’s tutorial satisfies almost all of my bullet points, glass, hammers, and hairspray. Just kidding, I have higher standards than that, although this project does have all of those elements. The great thing about this particular project is every single one is different, you could fill a whole market booth with variations of this project and it would look great! Read more
Amazingly enough, we are roaring up on the end of the second year of monthly free kiln carving patterns. When I started this project I had no idea that it would end up being such a popular thing. Thanks for downloading and making projects, it’s great to hear about your experiences and see photos of your work. Read more
Lots of readers send me their questions directly, but there are a whole host of questions that get asked anonymously. One tool that I use to help decide what to write about is Google Keyword Search statistics. Now, alas, Google is discontinuing the service, so as a tribute and a farewell, I’m pulling questions from the Keyword Searches and answering them here:
- Q: how to cut a wine bottle with a tile saw
- A: It’s amazing how many times this one comes up in searches. I have a couple of videos about cutting bottles with a tile saw, but I think people need to see it a bunch of times before they feel comfortable giving it a go. The basic things to remember are: go slow, use lots of water, and the quality of the blade is critical. Read more
Hey there! Here we are back again for another Q & A Monday. All of these questions were received via e-mail and answered directly. I’m sharing the gist of them here because they are good questions and I’m sure the info will be helpful. All personal details have been omitted for privacy reasons. If you have a question, feel free to send it on over and I will do the best I can to help.
Q: I would like to make dinner plates and salad bowl out of green wine bottles. Most of the projects I see on your blog are only using one bottle in them. Can I use multiple bottles to make a bigger plate 10″-13″? Read more
Believe it or not, we have big old garden snails in Utah. Despite being all hot and dry. I’ve heard that they are the kind of snails that are used for escargot. There are certainly enough around, but I’ve never worked myself up to try eating them! This kiln carving pattern is fairly straight forward, but does require some care due to all of the thin pieces of fiber paper that have to remain. Read more
Here we are again with Q & A Monday! These are all reader questions submitted via e-mail. Personal details have been omitted for privacy. If one of these questions is your and you’d like attribution and a back link, let me know. If you have a question of your own, send it on over via the contact form.
- Q: I would like to make dinner plates and salad bowl out of green wine bottles. Most of the projects I see on your blog are only using one bottle in them. Can I use multiple bottles to make a bigger plate 10″-13″? Read more
Reader questions are a funny thing, they seem to go in trends. All of a sudden I’ll get 12 readers from all over the world asking the same thing. Making drinking glasses from wine bottles and achieving a fire polished rim has been showing up more and more often in my inbox. So, today, I give you a tutorial on making drinking glasses from wine bottles and fire polishing the rim.
Some basic things to remember going in: Read more
June’s kiln carving pattern is one of my favorites. When we were SCUBA diving in Roatan, there were sea turtles and they are fascinating! I could have watched them all day. This is also the most complex kiln carving pattern that I’ve made for download with 13 individual pieces. Not to worry, you can do it! Read more
Recently, my friend Darby (aka A Bourbon Gal) contacted me with a request for artwork for her local elementary school. The problem? Super tight deadline and super small budget. After tossing a few ideas back and forth, we came up with a really great solution. I had a bunch of left over prepared art glass supplies from the Glass Mosaic project earlier in the year. Read more