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Issue #056 - Wine Bottle Art
April 24, 2013
Hot Out of the Kiln
April 30, 2013
I have been burning the candle at both ends this month, what with finishing up the “Glass Bottle Art” book, e-book and the next issue of the magazine.
Thank you for all of your encouraging comments about the newest addition to the list of educational products.
I am awaiting the proof copy of the soft covered book before it actually goes live on the website.
You can however purchase the e-book that is now posted on the site, wait for the soft cover book, or if you prefer a movie, it will be coming out this summer.
This has been hectic and yet fun, as I had my kiln running all day and all night full of these procedures.
There are 57 color filled pages with 25 interesting and fun projects.
Preview the exciting and creative glass bottle art chapters:
I had so much fun designing and making these projects!
I have also been working on the Summer 2013 issue of the Fused Glass Projects magazine, and it will be coming out next month.
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We have already lined up quite a few artists for the Fall 2023 issue, but are always interested in finding new and fresh material for your reading pleasure, so if you would like to submit an article and have it included in a future issue, please contact us.
Until next month…keep it hot!
1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs
4. Reader Responses
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Share the Site
7. What's New
8. Product Review
Wine Bottle Art
Turn those old empty, dirty and discarded wine bottles into wine bottle art.
Although you can do all types of glass bottle art with various types of bottles, wine bottles have a lot more glass to work with and therefore you can create more projects with just one bottle.
If you are in need of bottles to create some bottle art, check your local restaurants or bars, because they generally throw away these empty containers.
Once cleaned and dry, these can easily be turned into any type of bottle art, such as bottle art jewelry or windchimes.
Remember that the COE for bottles is unknown and therefore you can’t mix bottles, also each individual bottle might fuse differently, so you will need to adjust your kiln when firing.
Most individuals slump them inside the kiln and turn them into serving trays, spoons rests or cheese trays.
You can purchase molds to slump into, but that is not a necessity because they are fantastic just slumped flat.
The process of slumping bottles is quite simple and requires only a few items.
1. You will first need to clean your bottle. Remove any labels and wash thoroughly. Allow the bottle to dry completely.
2. Prepare kiln shelf with kiln wash or kiln paper.
3. Place the bottle directly on a prepared kiln shelf, or on top of a prepared mold.
4. If you are planning on hanging your slumped bottle, bend and place a 20 gauge copper wire inside the neck of the bottle. This will allow the glass to slump around the wire securing it in place.
5. Now turn on your kiln and allow it to slowly warm up. You should be increasing your temperature at around 500 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. You are in danger of thermal shock if your increase your temperature much higher than this rate.
6. When you reach of around 1100 degrees Fahrenheit, soak your bottle for about 10 minutes. Soaking the bottle will allow all of the glass to reach the same temperature.
7. Keep warming up your glass at about 250 degrees per hour until you reach 1300 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you reach this temperature, you can heat the piece as fast as you want until you reach about 1425 degrees Fahrenheit, or until your bottle has slumped to your desired shape.
8. You now want to crash cool the kiln to about 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be accomplished by cracking open the lid of your kiln slightly. This will help prevent devitrification.
9. Anneal the bottle and then allow it to cool naturally. You want the piece to cool down at about a rate of 150 degrees per hour.
Using wine bottles or other glass bottles is an interesting and thrifty way to do glass fusing.
“To live a creative life, lose fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce
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Copper wire can also safely be fired with glass but it does like to spall and make a huge mess. Try soaking the project overnight in Coke to remove the crusty disaster.
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Miniature Bottle/Tray Slumping Mold
These can be purchased in either a smaller size or the larger dimension.
I chose the smaller version because I wanted to slump some small serving trays out of tiny bottles.
I coated it with kiln wash and allowed it to dry before beginning my project.
I would suggest flattening the bottle first, although I decided to skip this step and suffered the consequences.
My bottle slumped over the edge of the mold encasing it in glass.
I had to then slump the piece upside down inside the kiln to release the mold./p>
Once it was done and released, I noticed that the bottle was a little too large for the mold, so it needed to be cut down using a tile saw.
This made the bottle the right size for this mold and the final product was great!
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