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Bottle Glass Frit Ball Heart Pendants

Bottle Glass Frit Ball Pendant

Wondering what to do with all of the bottle glass frit balls we made a while back?  Not sure what to do for Valentine’s day?  Well, here you go.

These pendants remind me of a classic (in)famous Utah dish called Ambrosia Salad.  Essentially jello, cool whip and fruit cocktail all mixed together to make an opaque white-ish not actually food stuff with bits of un-naturally colored fruit floating in it. Read more

Flaming Heart Windchime – Part 2

flaming heart windchime

Flaming Heart Windchime with color frit

This is part 2 of a multipart tutorial about making a flaming heart windchime from the free January Kiln Carving Pattern.  If you haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, you can find it here.  Part 1 of this tutorial is also available.

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Flaming Heart Windchime – Part 1

rvshrtfiberToday we are going to make the second project of the month with our kiln carving pattern.  If you have already downloaded the pattern and used it for the suncatcher project, I hope you saved the cut out parts!  If not, no worries, just use the stencil and cut out another set.  (This is part 1 of a 2 part tutorial.)

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Bottle Glass Frit Balls

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Cobalt Blue bottle glass frit balls.

Lately I’ve become enamored of working with frit balls.  I had no idea how fun and addictive these things are!  Maybe because they look like unnaturally colored caviar or tiny marbles, who knows, but they are pretty cool.  First though, you have to make them.
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January 2015 – Free Kiln Carving Pattern

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Flaming heart kiln carving pattern finished project.

Since Valentines day is just a hop, skip and a jump away, I thought we’d do a heart pattern for January.   Read more

Fused Wine Glass Angel

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Fused Wine Glass Angel

This project was born from a discussion with my friend Brenda during the Fusing with Bottle Glass class last October.  We were trying to figure out how to make an angel with a fused wine glass.  After a number of tries, here it is!

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October 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

fused bottle glass geckoThe free pattern for October is this adorable little gecko, he’s perfectly sized for a 750 mL bottle.  You could also add a friend and use multiple geckos on a larger project. Read more

Fusing Vintage Glass Plates

vintageplatesIf 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

Q & A Monday – July 28, 2014

Jodi McRaney Rusho

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 Workshops Review

Mica Painted Recycled Glass
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

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