If you’re anything like me, you’ve been tempted more than once by the pretty vintage plates at thrift stores and estate sales. The good news is, some of them can be successfully used in glass fusing projects.
Here’s a fun quiz question: Of the four plates pictured, can you identify the tempered ones? Read more
Can you believe how fast time flies? Already Monday again. Today I’m answering questions about trying to cut bottles when Amazon doesn’t ship to your country, where to buy brass chain, fusing glass gems and some mica questions. These are all actual reader questions, I’ve removed any personal details for privacy. If you have a question, send it on over!
Q: Hi Jodi,
can you please guide me as to how can I buy a bottle cutting machine?
I live in India and Amazon.com has it only in the US for sale and it is beyond my reach.
Since this shall be difficult what other way would it be possible to lay me hands on
one such gadget.
I was also thinking of a drill machine with a diamond cutting blade. I am not sure
whether it is safe.
Please let me have your opinion.
With best wishes. Read more
June was an interesting month, we had student workshops every Saturday for four weeks straight. The students in all four workshops produced amazing work.
Pebble Vessel Workshop:
The first two workshops were Pebble Vessels, made with recycled tempered glass and Glassline paint. Read more
This is a longer, extended version of a newsletter from last fall. This topic turned out to be one of the most popular newsletters ever, and is still generating questions, hopefully, this extended version will answer those!
The downside of fusing with bottle glass is that it arrives at your studio curved. Sometimes that’s okay, some projects can accommodate the curved glass. Some projects, however, must be made with flat glass.
Making your bottle glass into flat pieces for fusing is relatively easy, there are a few steps: Read more
It’s been a few months since we had a new kiln carving pattern. After nearly 3 years of drawing these, I hit a creative slump and just couldn’t think of anything new and interesting to do. After a couple months off though, I have ideas! Here’s one for May, and June’s is already in progress. Read more
Tie Dye fused bottles are a fun take on the old flattened bottle trick. To make these, you need Glassline Paints and Mica Lusters from Thompson Enamel. Read more
Tempered float glass is one of the easiest types of recycled glass to come by (after bottles, of course) There are often tempered glass shelves and/or table tops at thrift stores, lots of them on the local classified ads and your local glass shop probably has quite a few that were mis-ordered that they might be willing to give away. Read more
Stainless steel has a bit of a mythical place in the glass world, it’s great for molds, difficult to work with, expensive as all get out.
Some of these things aren’t true. Stainless can be easy to work with, and a very useful thing indeed. A few years ago, I had a client that wanted custom made recycled glass tile for her bathroom. The tile would be made with the wine bottles she saved up, which would be ground, filtered and the frit custom mixed to make colors, and then fused into tile shapes. Which meant I needed a bunch of custom sized tile molds. I had experimented with ceramic tile molds, which worked well, but were time consuming to make. Read more
Good 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
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