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Blue Spring Bracelet

Fused Bottle glass bracelet

Once you’ve gotten a stock of bottle glass bar beads, you can start making some fun jewelry designs.

This bracelet is made with memory wire, bar beads, leather cord and one round bead with a large hole.  The memory wire makes the bracelet springy, and the leather cord makes it adjustable for ease of wearing.

Step 1:  Choose your bar beads.  I’m using 5 different shades of blue, and a total of 15 beads.  Altogether, my beads are 7.5″.  Laying them out against a ruler like this will give you an idea of how much wire you need for Step 2. Continue reading Blue Spring Bracelet

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Fused Glass with Plaster Forms

fused bottle glass with plaster

If you haven’t tried fusing with plaster forms yet, you should give it a try.  The main idea is to create a small three dimensional plaster form and then fuse glass over it.  After fusing, the plaster can be removed leaving a detailed copy of the plaster form in the glass.

Today we’ll make a set of reference pieces to have on hand for future project planning.  I always start a new technique with a set of reference pieces, my ‘library’ has hundreds of sets now, and they come in quite handy.  I highly recommend the practice.

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Fused Glass Bangle Bracelet

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Bangle bracelets are a nice item to have in your product mix, they are less size dependant than clasp bracelets, and are great for people who love jewelry but have difficulty with operating catches and clasps.  This bracelet is made with beads that were fused using the Channel Bead Mold.  (See the full Channel Bead Mold Tutorial) Some of the beads were then tumbled in a rock tumbler for a sea glass appearance. Continue reading Fused Glass Bangle Bracelet

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Cloudburst Wind Chime

cloudburst windchime

Materials needed:

Cloud windchime top (buy one from us, or make your own)


 

Long triangle beads

blue glass donuts – ready to fuse or already fused, or DIY

bead wire

crimp beads

pliers

scissors

 

To make your own cloud chime top:

Step 1:

Sketch a cloud shape on paper and cut it out.  Use this template to trace onto a 3/4″ thick board (we use white maple or alder for ours). Continue reading Cloudburst Wind Chime

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Triangle Bar Beads for Windchimes

triangle bar beads

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.

Materials needed:

Triangle Bead Mold Kit (includes mandrels and bead release)

flat bottle glass in desired colors

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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. Continue reading Bottle Glass Frit Ball Heart Pendants

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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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Fused Gecko Pattern with Mica

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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. Continue reading Fused Gecko Pattern with Mica

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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. Continue reading October 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern