Last week my husband and I spent some time with friends at a wine social. Cedar Landing, a local restaurant, hosts a Wine Social on the Patio the third Thursday of the month. The restaurant has a great patio where you can sit outside and catch the breezes from Lake Houston. Unfortunately, with the crazy […]
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 […]
The good news is that the paint stayed on the bottles perfectly. The bad news… well you can see the bad news in the picture. Wine bottles are not weighted evenly. Before placing wine bottles on my kiln shelf, I always place them on a flat surface first. When they stop rolling I make sure […]
I always keep a supply of cleaned wine bottles on hand to put in the kiln when I have some spare time. I grabbed this one off the shelf and almost dropped it. This poor critter found his way in the bottle but never made it out. I wonder what would have happened if I […]
I am really close to achieving the look I want with the swirl bottle mold. The bottle in the picture above wasn’t the best shape for the mold, but the color was good. It is light enough to allow the swirl pattern to show through. A few more tweaks to the firing schedule, and I […]
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 […]
It would be great if someone could invent a web cam that I could put in my kiln. There are times when I really just wonder what the heck is going on in there! I’ve been fusing glass long enough now that I feel pretty confident when I put things into the kiln they will […]
This recycled glass wine bottle spoon rest is the newest addition to my recycled glass items. As you can see by the pictures below, it is a very versatile piece.
This is the last post in the Recycled Wine Bottle Cheese Board series. In Part 1 I wrote about preparing bottles for the kiln. In Part 2 I wrote about the firing schedule I use. In this post, I will share some of the other things I’ve learned along the way.