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10 Bottle Fusing Projects for Holiday Shows

Are you participating in holiday shows and boutiques this year?  Have you made enough art?  Getting stressed out?  Here are some ideas to get your inventory beefed up and ready to go!  (Click the title to go to the tutorial.)

1. Bottle Trinket Boxes

Bottle Glass Trinket Boxes
Bottle Glass Trinket Boxes

Made with cut bottles and fused lids.  With a little care you can create an amazingly wide variety of boxes and lids.  Cut some of the bottles taller to create bathroom storage containers.  Try displaying one with cotton balls or swabs so people get the idea.

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Fusing with Fiber Paper on Molds

fused bottle bottoms with mica

Most glass artists are familiar with fusing on molds to give glass texture, and with kiln carving to give glass a pattern. But, did you know you can combine the two? It’s easier than you think.

Start with a mold, we’re using a Man in the Moon bottle bottom mold, and a Rocket bottle bottom mold. Continue reading Fusing with Fiber Paper on Molds

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Mixing Bottle Glass for Fusing

fused mixed bottle glass

The most frequent question that I get is “Can I fuse different kinds of bottles together?  I saw someone else doing it and it seems to work.” followed by “My fused bottle projects are breaking in the kiln or later, how do I fix that?”  See the pattern?  So, I thought I’d show you what is happening IN the glass when you fuse different bottles together. Continue reading Mixing Bottle Glass for Fusing

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Q & A Monday – 10/27/14

Jodi McRaney RushoToday I’m answering questions about beads and mica and house numbers.  These are reader questions as I receive them, some details have been changed or deleted to protect personal information.  If you have a question, please feel free to send it through the contact form.  Thanks for reading!

Q: Love getting your emails and looking at your site. I was looking at the making triangle beads and can’t wait to make a mold. Any chance I can get the blog that tells how to make the beads? Thank you Continue reading Q & A Monday – 10/27/14

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Slumped Bottle Glass Dishes

Recycled Fused Bottle Glass Dishes

This photo appeared in a long ago blog post, and a lovely reader asked for a tutorial, so, at long last, here it is!  These little dishes are made from float (clear), cobalt and forest green bottle glass.  We’ll be doing some small dishes from bottle glass, additional shapes. Continue reading Slumped Bottle Glass Dishes

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February 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

Pot of Gold Pattern for kilncarving

Here’s a little kiln carving pattern that will help you remember how lucky you are!  I like March, it finally feels like there is an end to winter in sight. Continue reading February 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

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Q & A Monday – 11-25-13

Jodi McRaney RushoWell hello there!  Today I’m answering more reader questions.  If you have a question, send it on over.  I’ve removed identifying information for privacy reasons.


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

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Q & A Monday 9/30/13

Jodi McRaney RushoLots of readers send me their questions directly, but there are a whole host of questions that get asked anonymously.  One tool that I use to help decide what to write about is Google Keyword Search statistics.  Now, alas, Google is discontinuing the service, so as a tribute and a farewell, I’m pulling questions from the Keyword Searches and answering them here:

  • Q: how to cut a wine bottle with a tile saw
  • A: It’s amazing how many times this one comes up in searches.  I have a couple of videos about cutting bottles with a tile saw, but I think people need to see it a bunch of times before they feel comfortable giving it a go.  The basic things to remember are:  go slow, use lots of water, and the quality of the blade is critical. Continue reading Q & A Monday 9/30/13
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May 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Kiln Carving Pattern May FlowersHere’s a quirky follow up to our April Showers Kiln carving pattern.  Because what naturally follows April Showers??  May Flowers of course!

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**This kiln carving pattern has expired.  Monthly kiln carving patterns expire 90 days after posting.  Not to worry though, they will be back at the end of the year in the free compilation book.  To see the currently available kiln carving patterns, you can click here**

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