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10 Bottle Fusing Projects for Holiday Shows

Are you participating in holiday shows and boutiques this year?  Have you made enough art?  Getting stressed out?  Here are some ideas to get your inventory beefed up and ready to go!  (Click the title to go to the tutorial.)

1. Bottle Trinket Boxes

Bottle Glass Trinket Boxes
Bottle Glass Trinket Boxes

Made with cut bottles and fused lids.  With a little care you can create an amazingly wide variety of boxes and lids.  Cut some of the bottles taller to create bathroom storage containers.  Try displaying one with cotton balls or swabs so people get the idea.

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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!  Continue reading Q & A Monday – 1/20/14

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Q & A Monday – 11-25-13

Jodi McRaney RushoWell 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.

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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. Continue reading Q & A Monday – 11-25-13

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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:

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Kiln Carving Pattern April 2013

Duckling kiln carving

Free Kiln Carving Pattern for April

It may not look like it from the picture, but it has been a pretty rainy April so far here in Utah.  Even the ducks are tired of the rain.  This cute ducky kiln carving pattern brightens things up though.  Who doesn’t love ducklings?

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Q & A Monday – March 11, 2013

Jodi McRaney RushoWelcome to Q & A Monday, which is all about answering reader questions.  I’m presenting a demonstration about making your own texture tiles this coming weekend for the Glass Art Guild of Utah, so all our questions today are about molds.  If you have a question, send it on over, I just may have an answer!  (I’ve removed personal details and names for privacy.  If you asked a question and would like your name listed with a back link, just let me know.)

  • Q:  I am SO glad I found you online and am now a subscriber to your  newsletters, only thing is I’m bummed you are located in Utah! I am in  Oregon and would LOVE to learn how to make my own molds like the ones you show in this link:  http://glasswithapast.com/bottle-glass-and-kiln-carving/ – do you have any kind of online class I could “attend” or something like that? I own a Trio glass kiln, and could probably “rent” some time at my local art college to fire a ceramic mold to bisque level  – My experience is very  limited (no clay work ever), I basically got interested in glass art and bought a Trio (bottle slumping kiln) before I had ever even worked with glass and kind of just figured out a “recipe” how to make wine bottles into serving trays, etc. and now I’m hooked (as I thought I would be!). Any thoughts/advice for building my own (wine bottle slumping) molds/tiles (like the ever so popular “Bon Apetit” mold see below – I own this one and use it and love it but I’d love to make personalized molds with my own artwork) and also tile making molds like you feature on your site? Continue reading Q & A Monday – March 11, 2013
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North Rose Wolcott High School, Student Work

Last January I had the pleasure of talking with Howard Skinner, the art teacher at North Rose Wolcott High School about the possibility of his students working with recycled glass. What a fabulous surprise to get photo’s of the projects. These students are doing some seriously cool glasswork.

From an artist’s point of view, this is really about the best thing that can happen. If my work and knowledge can inspire kids to branch out and explore, then I’m doing my job right! (of course, having an expert like Howard as your teacher helps too…)

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