Today I’m answering reader questions that came in via email. All personal details have been removed for privacy reasons. If you have a glass question that simply must be answered, give me a shout through the About/Contact page.
Q: Hi there,
I am getting ready to fire my first Bombay Sapphire bottle and I wondered what you do with the writing/ink on the sides of the bottle. I was looking at the pictures in the Tips for Removing Labels and I couldn’t see anything specifically about it, and it looks like the print is still on the bottles in the picture.
A: The lettering is an enamel, so it does often stay on. I’m not sure if etching cream will take it off or not, I usually just roll with it. If you really, really don’t want it, you could grind it off with a dremel and diamond bit before you fire. Oh, I should have mentioned, if you are selling your work, people LOVE the little enamel letters that stay on. Odd, but there you go!
Q: Ever since I came across your web site, I’ve been so into recycling glass. I started as COE 96 fusing glass manufacturers were stopping their production. AND, my shipping costs were going so high, so I wanted to thank you for your sustainable glass projects.
A: it’s easy peasy, I use a vibrating rock tumbler and a 120/220 grit mix. You can see the two rock tumblers that I own, a small one and a HUGE one here:
The small one is probably all you need.
It is a tiny bit expensive, but they last forever, really, my small one is well over 10 years old. And they use next to no electricity, I measured mine, and it is like $0.01/hour
You can tumble scrap, beads, cabs, donuts, anything that will fit in it really. I’ve also tumbled fusible glass before doing fusing projects with small children so the glass isn’t sharp. And you can always tumble rocks in it too! It takes about 4 hours to do a nice sea glass finish. You could also use one of the little rolling ones that they sell at kid stores. It will take longer, but the machine itself would be cheaper.
Can you tell I’m a fan? 😉
Q: Thank you for responding to my email. Much appreciated. I have a tile saw, will this work? Also, can you suggest a video showing how to cut a bottle with a tile saw?A: You bet, I had a 7″ tile for years, very similar in design and I loved it. Here are some videos of cutting with a tile saw:
The most important part is to go slow and let the tool do the work, fast = more chipping. With the 7″ saw, I would roll the bottle towards the blade since the blade wasn’t tall enough to cut through the entire bottle in one pass.
Wear safety glasses AND a face shield, glass dermabrasion is no fun!
Let me know if I can help with anything else,