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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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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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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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Q & A Monday – March 25, 2013

Jodi McRaney RushoThe great thing about Q & A Monday is I have to do it on MONDAY.  If it were just called Q & A then I would put it off and we would never get to the questions and answers!  These questions are from readers and the answers that I sent back to them.  They are offered here as an informational resource, and maybe, if you have a question of your own, you’ll be inspired to ask (don’t be shy).  I’ve removed personal details for privacy, if you asked a question and want attribution and a back link, let me know.

  • 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! Continue reading Q & A Monday – March 25, 2013
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November Kiln Carving Pattern

Kiln Carving Bottle Glass

November’s kiln carving pattern is an abstract pattern of dots in a circle that is specially sized to fit the bottom of a large bottle.  This one is the bottom of a pickle bottle. Continue reading November Kiln Carving Pattern