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
Welcome to Q & A Monday, where I answer reader questions. Today we also have a reader contributed tip, AND a question I don’t have an answer for. Hopefully someone out there will be able to help us! Personal details have been omitted for privacy reasons. If one of these questions is yours and you’d like a back link, let me know. If you have a question of your own, feel free to send it on over.
Q: I LOVE your sense of humor, esp. about clumsy relatives, ha! I was SO excited to accidentally stumble across your website yesterday!! I signed up for your email immediately. I have saved wine and other pretty bottles until they’re spilling from the house onto the patio and deck. I KNEW there had to be other crafts to make besides circles for wind chimes. My question is, how do I cut the remaining bottle cylinder evenly in half vertically; after the bottom and neck have been removed? Do I have to buy a tile saw or other type of saw or can I score both sides, tap, and hope they separate relatively evenly at the same time? 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
Recently, one of our readers, Beverly Frey conducted a series of experiments making bottle glass frit using her kiln and cold water. She shared her results with us on facebook and has generously agreed to share her results in a blog post as well. Read more
To finish out the year, I thought we’d do something fun today and list the top reader questions from 2014. These are the questions that I get asked the most often.
5. Q. How do I make glass donuts? Read more
December is the busiest month of the year in my studio, and then all at once, it’s quiet. Which means there is finally time to make new designs and do fun stuff instead of production work. This ornament pattern is quick and easy, so much so, the original is hanging on my tree at this moment! Read more
November’s kiln carving pattern is a cute wreath, sized specifically for bottle bottoms. It’s a quick and easy gift idea for friends and neighbors, and would look terrific in clear glass on a tree or in a window. Read more
Free Kiln Carving Pattern for April
It may not look like it from the picture, but it has been a pretty rainy April so far here in Utah. Even the ducks are tired of the rain. This cute ducky kiln carving pattern brightens things up though. Who doesn’t love ducklings?
October’s kiln carving pattern is sheer fun. Zombies are always a source of entertainment around here, from the informal competition to tell the WORST zombie joke ever to mock brain eating’s. I’ve taken it one step further and designed a kiln carving just for Zombie Lovers. Read more
A common question from new recycled glass artists is “How do I make glass donuts and rings?” Happily, I’m here to tell you. Read more