Archive for Fusing

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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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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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

Fused Glass Blob beads

fused cobalt bead

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!

Glass Blobs

Glass Globs

These ones are relatively small, around the size of a dime or a penny.  First I prepared my mandrels (dip them twice if your bead release is thin).  Next I kiln washed my large lentil bead mold.

The blobs fit perfectly into the bottom of the mold with a mandrel over the top.

Fusing glass globs

Glass blobs in the mold

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Lentil Bead Earrings

Kiln formed bead earrings

Wondering what else you can do with the new spiffy Lentil Bead Molds?  Well, here’s a fancy and amazingly easy earring design that looks modern and unusual.

Materials:

Snap Rings for jewelry

Snap Rings and Tools

Assortment of Internal Snap Rings (these are useful for all kinds of jewelry)

Round nose pliers (or snap ring spreaders if you have them)

Needle nose pliers

wire cutters
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