Triangle bead molds are now available in the online shop. Each mold ships with 12 stainless steel mandrels, a tube of bead release and an instruction sheet and a full color tutorial for a bracelet using your new mold. Not sure if it’s for you? You can preview the instructions and the tutorial on the product page at any time! Here are some examples of jewelry made with this mold. Continue reading Triangle Bead Molds
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. Continue reading Q & A Monday – July 28, 2014
Happy Monday! If you can smile about that, you’ll make it through anything. Today I’m answering questions about mixing compatibilities in terms of bottles and frit, making polishing machines and using a ceramic kiln for glass. These are actual reader questions and answers. I’ve removed personal info for privacy reasons. If you have a question, send it on over.
Q: can I use Uroboros 96 coe powdered frit on my bottles when I slump them or do I have to use the 82?? thank you. excited to slump some bottles 😀 Continue reading Q & A Monday – July 21, 2014
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! Continue reading Q&A Monday – 2/17/2014
Q: Hi, I’m extremely new to fusing/slumping glass, having been a lampworker for a number of years.
Since I have to import all my glass supplies anyway, having no access to brick/mortar stores here in Panama, I was wondering if you could offer recommendations on suppliers for your ancillary needs; forms, release, powders, etc. I’ve found multiple sources on-line, but am not sure who best fills the need for the recycled glass market. Any assistance will be welcomed. If you prefer not to post publicly, just send a private message. Continue reading Q & A Monday – 11-25-13
I’ve always loved beads. In fact, I’m mildly obsessed with beads after taking a bead making class last year. So, I tried a little experiment. Could I quickly and easily make a mold to make fused triangle shaped beads? Continue reading Making a Triangle Glass Bead Mold
Often I get questions regarding the molds I use to make recycled glass tiles. There are two types of molds that I use, stainless steel and ceramic. I make both types and each has its strengths.
Stainless steel molds are:
- easy and quick to make
- work best in small sizes, tend to warp in larger sizes
- must be kiln washed before every use
- can have sharp edges and corners Continue reading Recycled Glass Tile Molds
Flo S. posed this question:
Saw your show on HGTV – great looking pieces. I love recycling but I am not into glass- EXCEPT I work with 4H and Scouts as well as some private schools. I just came into a windfall of colored bottles, mostly wine/alcohol I guess, after a friends Mother passed over. I want to cut the bottle into rings – then on my demo for the children on the Kiln I want to fire them – to smooth the edges – and they can then make into wind chimes. I am finding it hard to cut the bottles with the little kits, where you put in a cradle and run a cutter around the bottle, heat and drop in cold water etc etc. Any easier way to do this. I will never get enough done this way. Thanks, Flo
Hi Flo, I bought one of those little kits too. The cutter is not very good. I still use the cradle, but use my own glass cutter, which is much higher quality. I score the bottle, then use a propane torch to heat it and drop it in ice water. It takes a good bit of practice, and I’m not sure you want to show the kids the torch part. I can cut the tops and bottoms off of bottles at about 45/hr. The bad new is, I’ve never been able to make rings. I know the little book that comes with the cutter shows them, but I’ve just never been able to consistently do it.
The bottoms of the bottles melt nice and flat, in fact, I make sun catchers out of them. The downside to that is they have to be drilled and wired together. I’ve had requests from local schools about projects with recycled glass, I’m still testing some of my ideas, I’ll keep you posted.
If you want to go ahead with the bottle cutting, you can get a professional grade cutter at any stained glass supply house, I use a Toyo. I think they run about $20. It will last you forever, I’ve been using mine for 7 years.