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. Read more
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Today 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 Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
A question that shows up very frequently in my organic search terms is: What CoE is Bottle Glass? The answer is fairly easy – 82 – and it matters not at all. Read more
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. Read more
Lots 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. Read more
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The 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! Read more
These wall vases are so cute and whimsical, you may not guess how easy they are to make.