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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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 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.
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
The 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
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
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