The first title I considered for this blog post was “The Art of Making a Wine Bottle Cheese Board.” But truth be told, I don’t consider flattening a wine bottle in my kiln “art.” In fact, it is more science than art. More than once I had a flash back to my high school science class. Remember studying the scientific method? I repeated the Hypothesis – Experiment – Analysis cycle many times before I had a system that worked for me.
I originally started flattening wine bottles because I thought this would be an inexpensive way to learn about glass, fusing, and my kiln. This, however, turned out to be flawed thinking. The glass that wine bottles are made out of behaves nothing like the standardized glass that is available for glass fusers. Results aren’t always consistent. Different shapes, colors, and brands of wine bottles can have different results. But heck, it was fun anyway!
So here is an overview of what I learned in the last year.
- Removing wine labels is a pain.
- Bottles have to be absolutely clean.
- Some bottles have a tendency to get cloudy (called devitrification).
- Bubbles are inevitable.
- It takes time experimenting with firing schedules.
- All your friends will want one.
Look for future posts where I will go into more detail on the steps involved in making recycled wine bottle cheese boards.