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Q&A Monday – 2/17/2014

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Jodi McRaney RushoGood Morning!  Last weeks newsletter brought up a lot of questions about cutting bottles for fusing and a bunch of other stuff too.  Let’s get right to it, shall we?  (all of the identifying information had been changed to protect privacy.  If I’ve posted one of your questions and you would like attribution and a back link, let me know.)

Q: I am sure enjoying your emails and ideas! I have a question: how are you cutting the bottles vertically? Are you using a saw? If so, what kind? I am currently using an actual tile wet saw, and the vertical cuts are difficult–not enough room for the bottle to travel under the blade. Beer bottles (short ones) Work ok in the cut. I am experimenting now with them! Read more

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Striped Bottle Glass Plate

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striped bottle glass plate

This is a fun asymmetrical bottle glass plate that uses one large bottle.  The size is suitable for sushi or crackers and cheese.  Read more

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Q & A Monday – 1/20/14

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Jodi McRaney RushoGood Morning!  Here in Utah it’s a sunny crisp (cold) winter day, my favorite kind.  If I have to have winter, I do like the high desert kind.  Today’s question and answer is for educators and anyone else who needs to entertain small persons and would like to use glass to do so.  If you have a question, feel free to send it on over, I might even have an answer!

Q:  I’ve agreed to do a multi-week artist residency at a local school and I need project ideas STAT!  Read more

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Glassline Paint on Fused Bottles

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Fused bottles with Glassline Paint

I’ve been entertaining myself in the studio with one of my new toys.  After making color test strips, I decided to do some playing around with the Glassline paints I got for Christmas. Read more

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Q & A Monday – 1/13/14

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Jodi McRaney RushoA question that shows up very frequently in my organic search terms is: What CoE is Bottle Glass?  The answer is fairly easy – 82 – and it matters not at all.  Read more

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January 2014 Kiln Carving Pattern

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Fused Bottle Glass Heart

Sometimes, in the cold of winter, it’s hard to imagine a new year is right around the corner.  This kiln carving pattern marks the start of the third year of kiln carving patterns.  What started out as an experiment has turned into quite a ride!  Thanks for coming along and sharing pictures of your own creations with me.  If you’ve downloaded a pattern and used it, I would love to see it! Read more

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December 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

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Fused Bottle Glass Star Ornament

December is the busiest month of the year in my studio, and then all at once, it’s quiet.  Which means there is finally time to make new designs and do fun stuff instead of production work.  This ornament pattern is quick and easy, so much so, the original is hanging on my tree at this moment! Read more

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November 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

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Fused Recycled glass wreath ornament

November’s kiln carving pattern is a cute wreath, sized specifically for bottle bottoms.  It’s a quick and easy gift idea for friends and neighbors, and would look terrific in clear glass on a tree or in a window. Read more

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Recycled Glass With Mica

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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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Fractured Plate Tutorial

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Finished Fracture Plate

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

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