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.
Tag Archive for bottle glass fusing
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.
Triangle Bead Mold Kit (includes mandrels and bead release)
flat bottle glass in desired colors
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Today we are making the bottle glass chimes for the flaming heart windchime that we’ve been working on the past couple weeks. The pattern for the windchime is the free January Kiln Carving Pattern. If you are just joining us, it would be good to read Fusing the Windchime top and Adding Color Frit at some point. Read more
Since Valentines day is just a hop, skip and a jump away, I thought we’d do a heart pattern for January. Read more
Now that you have made your fused bottle glass gecko with the free pattern for October, what else can we do with him? One thing to consider is adding mica to him for some color and sparkle! It’s easy, grab your gecko and we’ll get started. Read more
A 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
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
Here we are again with Q & A Monday! These are all reader questions submitted via e-mail. Personal details have been omitted for privacy. If one of these questions is your and you’d like attribution and a back link, let me know. If you have a question of your own, send it on over via the contact form.
- Q: I would like to make dinner plates and salad bowl out of green wine bottles. Most of the projects I see on your blog are only using one bottle in them. Can I use multiple bottles to make a bigger plate 10″-13″? Read more
And we’re back with more questions from readers for Q & A Monday. Today’s questions are all about working with crushed recycled glass, or frit. I’ve left out the personal details for privacy, so if one of these questions is yours and you’d like attribution and a back link, please let me know. If you have a burning (melting?) glass question, send it on over. I may even have an answer for you.
- Q: I have a kiln that I have been playing and experimenting with for months now. I adore wine bottle glass, and have had complications casting melted wine bottle frit that I make. From research I have done, and some of my experimenting, I have found that wine bottle glass is difficult to cast unless fired at very high temps. Even then, I have had to do a lot of cold working with the pieces I have tried to make after firing. I love to try and make little jewelry pieces out of the frit. Do you have any suggestions for working with wine bottle frit, including firing schedules at all? Thank you so much! Read more
Answering the age old question that is keeping us all awake at night:
Do large and small bottles fuse the same?
Let’s try it and see: Read more