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Glass Casting, Bottle Sawing and Cats

This last week was a hectic one in the studio, I finally managed to transfer 90% of the tutorials from the Blog to the Knowledgebase, so now the tutorials are all in one place and much easier to find and use.  Yay!  This has been a big worry for me, glad to have it mostly done.

I also started a new body of sculptural work using cast recycled glass.  This is an idea that has been calling my name for a while now, and I can finally get around to it.  There are two different types of sculptures I’m working on, one is a combination of ceramic bases and cast glass tops.  I made ceramic bases first, and then had to figure out how to cast the glass to fit the base shape.  I stapled fiber paper around the base and added a nichrome wire to keep the paper nice and tight. Continue reading Glass Casting, Bottle Sawing and Cats

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Q & A Monday – 5/6/13

Jodi McRaney RushoAnd we’re back with more questions from readers for Q & A Monday. Today’s questions are all about working with crushed recycled glass, or frit. I’ve left out the personal details for privacy, so if one of these questions is yours and you’d like attribution and a back link, please let me know. If you have a burning (melting?) glass question, send it on over. I may even have an answer for you.

  • 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 – 5/6/13