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Recycled Wine Bottle Swirl Dish – Final Results

I’ve been experimenting with a wine bottle swirl mold for a few weeks now. I finally have it the way I want it.

Lessons Learned

–  Use light colored bottles. The swirl pattern will not show through dark glass.
–  Fuse flat first. I got the best results by fusing the bottles flat before slumping them in the mold.
–  Slump at higher temperature. I slumped at 1275 degrees F which is about 50 degrees higher then my normal slump temperature in my Skutt kiln.
–  Hold longer. I held at slump temperature for 45 minutes.

I love the way the light shines through and casts the swirl pattern on the table. Hope to have a few of these available for sale at the Holiday Market I will be participating in this fall.

8 thoughts on “Recycled Wine Bottle Swirl Dish – Final Results

  1. Bethgmail.com says:

    I love the swirly aqua colored wine bottle that you slumped from the wine tasting in August.Where did you find the swirl mold?

  2. Michelle says:

    Oh boyyyyy!!! I’m so excited to try your slumping method with this mold. It’s just made me crazy! Thank you Margot! I hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours… Wow! Pretty!

  3. Nancy says:

    Hi, Margot! I’ve been following your blog on and off for a while now as I attempt some of these projects. I’d like to try slumping wine bottles using a mold like this one in my Skutt kiln (only used for bisque up until now). Have you had continued success with this swirl slump mold? LOVE your work, you are sooo talented!!

    • Margot says:

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for the nice comments. Yes. I still use this mold, but I fuse the bottles flat first and then slump into the mold. I have yet to be able to do it all in one firing at least not to my liking.

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