Tag Archive for recycled glass projects

Q & A Monday – 2/24/2014

Jodi McRaney RushoWell, th e Monday’s keep marching on by don’t they?  I have to admit, Monday’s aren’t my favorite, but I’m trying to reframe them as a positive experience!  Maybe as a new start in the studio?  Meanwhile, you all have questions, and I may have some answers.  If you have a question about fusing and slumping recycled glass, send it on over and I’ll see what I can do.  (names and some details have been omitted for privacy reasons)

Q:  Thank you for your tutorials please can u advise me how I can join cut beer bottle into a wine glass ie what kind of glue or technique can I use to do this?

A:  I wish I could!  There is one company in the U.S. doing this right now, and their technique is a closely guarded secret.  It looks like they use a torchwork technique, but I have no more information than that.  Delphi Glass has a fun little plastic bottle stem, which is like a cork with a flat bottom that will seal your bottle neck so it can be used as a wine glass.

Q: I have some glass scraps lying around and was thinking about positioning them in a mold of some description and then heating them with a propane torch until they either slump into the mold are viscous enough for me to push them into the mold with a rod/spatula of some description. Thoughts on the advisability and/or the mechanics of this idea?

A: Wow, you’ve certainly given me a lot to think about. Here are my concerns:

- it will be very hard to keep all of the glass the same temperature across the entire mold, so as one section gets hotter, the others will cool very rapidly. Those cooling pieces will thermal shock with determination. I would expect there to be flying bits of quite hot glass.

- I’m worried about the molten glass being pushed or dragged across mold release. Molten glass will quite easily pick up kiln wash and stick, both to the mold, and to the kiln wash.

- Annealing is an issue. As glass cools, internal stresses are created, which must be relieved, typically by cooling the glass back down to room temperature over the course of several hours. Glass that has been improperly annealed (or not at all) tends to crack and be quite brittle.

- mold integrity is also an issue. Ceramic molds don’t like to be thermal shocked either

- and then there’s the kiln wash/mold release. Most kiln washes and mold releases are rated to 1850, some to 2000. Molten glass exceeds that temperature, and will cause the mold release to fail. (this is a problem I see frequently and still haven’t solved)

Now, if you were making small things, like beads, there may be possibilities. I have only taken one bead making class though, so I’d suggest a bit more research before taking that on.

Good luck, it sounds like you live an exciting life!

Q & A Monday – 1/20/14

Jodi McRaney RushoGood Morning!  Here in Utah it’s a sunny crisp (cold) winter day, my favorite kind.  If I have to have winter, I do like the high desert kind.  Today’s question and answer is for educators and anyone else who needs to entertain small persons and would like to use glass to do so.  If you have a question, feel free to send it on over, I might even have an answer!

Q:  I’ve agreed to do a multi-week artist residency at a local school and I need project ideas STAT!  Read more

January 2014 Kiln Carving Pattern

Fused Bottle Glass Heart

Sometimes, in the cold of winter, it’s hard to imagine a new year is right around the corner.  This kiln carving pattern marks the start of the third year of kiln carving patterns.  What started out as an experiment has turned into quite a ride!  Thanks for coming along and sharing pictures of your own creations with me.  If you’ve downloaded a pattern and used it, I would love to see it! Read more

Q & A Monday – 11/11/13

Jodi McRaney RushoWow, it seems like it was just summer a minute ago, and now we’re barreling into the holiday season and 2013 is coming to a close. Crazy stuff.  Today I’m answering reader’s questions, if you have a question, send it on over.

There was a great newsletter last week about what a good tile saw blade will do for you, and THE question I got the most in the last 2 weeks is:

Q:  What is the model of saw?? Read more

Fractured Plate Tutorial

Finished Fracture Plate

Today’s tutorial satisfies almost all of my bullet points, glass, hammers, and hairspray.  Just kidding, I have higher standards than that, although this project does have all of those elements.  The great thing about this particular project is every single one is different, you could fill a whole market booth with variations of this project and it would look great! Read more

July 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Snail Kiln Carving Pattern

Believe it or not, we have big old garden snails in Utah.  Despite being all hot and dry.  I’ve heard that they are the kind of snails that are used for escargot.  There are certainly enough around, but I’ve never worked myself up to try eating them!  This kiln carving pattern is fairly straight forward, but does require some care due to all of the thin pieces of fiber paper that have to remain. Read more

Q & A Monday – July 8, 2013

Jodi McRaney RushoHere we are again with Q & A Monday!  These are all reader questions submitted via e-mail.  Personal details have been omitted for privacy.  If one of these questions is your and you’d like attribution and a back link, let me know.  If you have a question of your own, send it on over via the contact form.

  • Q:  I would like to make dinner plates and salad bowl out of green wine bottles. Most of the projects I see on your blog are only using one bottle in them. Can I use multiple bottles to make a bigger plate 10″-13″? Read more

Recycled Wine Bottle Drinking Glasses – Tutorial

Fire Polishing Wine Bottle Drinking Glasses

Reader questions are a funny thing, they seem to go in trends. All of a sudden I’ll get 12 readers from all over the world asking the same thing. Making drinking glasses from wine bottles and achieving a fire polished rim has been showing up more and more often in my inbox. So, today, I give you a tutorial on making drinking glasses from wine bottles and fire polishing the rim.

Some basic things to remember going in: Read more

Using Glass Powders with Texture Tiles

fired powder with recycled glass Once you’ve mastered the art of making your own texture tiles, you can bump things up by adding frits and powders to your design.  Armstrong Glass makes a line of float glass compatible frits and powders called Float Fire that work very well with recycled glass. Read more

Q & A Monday – March 18, 2013

Jodi McRaney RushoHere we are at another Question and Answer Monday.  These are reader questions, which I thought may also be useful for everyone.  If you have a question, send it over.  (I’ve removed personal details for privacy reasons, if you submitted a question and would like attribution and a back link, let me know!)

Wow!  Last week’s Tech Tip was extremely popular, the number one question last week was:

  • Q:  Where do I find Boron Nitride Spray? Read more

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