Well 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. 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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Here’s a quirky follow up to our April Showers Kiln carving pattern. Because what naturally follows April Showers?? May Flowers of course!
This pattern is no longer available. Not to worry though, it will reappear in the 2013 Free Kiln Carving Patterns compilation book at the end of the year. To make sure you get your copy, join the mailing list. There are other free patterns still available, maybe you’d like one of those?
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.
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. Read more
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In the last post we made a triangle bead mold for making fused glass beads. Today, we are going to walk through how to use the mold. Read more
Answering the age old question that is keeping us all awake at night:
Do large and small bottles fuse the same?
Let’s try it and see: Read more
Learning to use bottle glass to produce glass art is a really great idea. Not only because there are a ton of projects that can be made, but it’s fun! Because bottles are relatively abundant, there’s less pressure to be perfect. Being able to start over with minimal expense is a great way to get over the new project jitters and branch out.
This question was originally posed by Susan G.:
I enjoy your website. I am a beginner with fused glass. I was very excited to find someone who uses reclycled window glass and bottle glass ro work with.
Can you tell me:
1. the maximum temp to fire window glass and bottle glass
2. can window glass and bottle glass be fired together to make one piece?
The maximum temperature ranges from between 1375 for a slump to 1590 for a cast piece. The holding time varies as well, based on what you want to do. Different thickness and age of window glass all play a part. Different colored bottles melt differently as well. Generally I have found that newer windows melt more smoothly, and the darker the bottle glass, the lower the melting point. Read more