Well phooey on the instructions! I often wonder if the people that make these things actually ever use them. The last attempt to melt a wine bottle directly in the swirl mold was a disaster. It slumped down into the mold until it was very narrow. Not at all the result I wanted. Since then I tried another slump with a flattened bottle. The result is pictured here. I adjusted my slump schedule a bit hotter, and a longer hold. The back of the bottle was beautiful, but you still couldn’t see the swirl from the top. It was also a bit skinnier that my other bottle dishes, but this would actually be a great shape for an olive tray. I was ready to throw in the towel and declare defeat!
I had a DUH! moment!
I’m using green wine bottles! Green wine bottles are dark! I don’t think you would ever be able to see the swirl pattern through it. I should probably be using yellow or clear bottles!
Well darn! I don’t have any clear bottles. Mostly because I never liked how the plain clear bottles looked and second, I am a red wine drinker. So now I’ll have to find some friends that like Pinot Grigio. Shouldn’t be to hard in this hot Texas weather we are having. I have a yellow Chardonnay bottle that I’ll put in the kiln tomorrow just to test my color theory. It really isn’t the right shape for this mold. Maybe I’ll go out and buy a bottle of wine tonight. Any recommendations?