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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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Fusing with Thick Tempered Glass

Fused painted tempered glass

As you may have noticed, I do a lot of projects around here. It’s become a habit to photograph each step. What isn’t usual is for me to post projects that I’m only ambivalent about. However, a wise lady told me it was useful to her to read about what DOESN’T work as well as what does, so here goes. This is a project that the technique ‘worked’, but I wasn’t super happy with the outcome, it’s just…okay.  I’m putting it out here in case someone else has a great idea that needs just this technique.

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Triangle Beads with Mica

fused recycled glass beads

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more variations on the triangle bead, here comes a new tutorial!  (Actually, there are a few MORE variations you haven’t thought of yet.  We’ll get there.)

This version is a bit more complicated than the painted triangle beads.  We’ll be using mica to give our recycled glass beads a bit of shine.

Materials:

Piece of thin sheet glass, float glass or evenly flattened bottle glass work great

polishing grit, I’m using a 180/220 mix

water

small piece of glass to create friction with

mica powders and medium (I’m using copper, gold and silver with liquid hairspray)

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April 2015 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

fused bottle glass starfish

Like most people who live in snowy climates, spring always makes me think of the beach with longing.  Since I actually live in a landlocked state, it’s not like I can just run down to the beach for the afternoon.  I can, however, make a fancy starfish dish with a nifty free kiln carving pattern.

Step 1.

Download the pattern from the online store.  No credit card is necessary, simply add to cart, proceed to checkout and you’ll get a download link after check out.  There are a few other free patterns there that you may want to check out if you haven’t already. Read more

Painted Triangle Beads

striped triangle beads

Once you’ve mastered the basic kiln formed triangle bead, you can move on to more advanced beads. For instance, adding painted stripes to your triangle glass beads is a quick way to add color and fun to jewelry designs. Read more

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