Recently, my friend Darby (aka A Bourbon Gal) contacted me with a request for artwork for her local elementary school. The problem? Super tight deadline and super small budget. After tossing a few ideas back and forth, we came up with a really great solution. I had a bunch of left over prepared art glass supplies from the Glass Mosaic project earlier in the year. (more…)
And we’re back with more questions from readers for Q & A Monday. Today’s questions are all about working with crushed recycled glass, or frit. I’ve left out the personal details for privacy, so if one of these questions is yours and you’d like attribution and a back link, please let me know. If you have a burning (melting?) glass question, send it on over. I may even have an answer for you.
- Q: I have a kiln that I have been playing and experimenting with for months now. I adore wine bottle glass, and have had complications casting melted wine bottle frit that I make. From research I have done, and some of my experimenting, I have found that wine bottle glass is difficult to cast unless fired at very high temps. Even then, I have had to do a lot of cold working with the pieces I have tried to make after firing. I love to try and make little jewelry pieces out of the frit. Do you have any suggestions for working with wine bottle frit, including firing schedules at all? Thank you so much! (more…)
Here we are again at another Q & A Monday. Today is all about questions from facebook fans. If you haven’t liked the Glass With a Past page on facebook, you may want to. The updates are shorter and more frequent, and there are often comments from other glass-o-philes with valuable information. Once again, I have omitted personal details for privacy, if one of these questions is yours and you would like attribution and a track back, let me know!
- Q: A very good friend sent me several bottles from the naval academy where our husbands went to school prior to flight training. The bottles all have enamel on them and she has asked me to make a couple bowls out of them. I have cut the bottles into rings and would like to know if you might know a temperature they could share that would fuse the rings to stick together and not burn off the enamel. If you dont know, how about a starting point to test the glass ? What schedule do you use when you have enamel on glass you want to slump? TY~~ (more…)
Wouldn’t it be great if you could use any cool thing you find for slumping? Well, maybe not everything, but there are lots of things that CAN be used for slumping, as long as they are prepared correctly. Let’s look at a few examples and consider what we would have to do to successfully use them for slumping. (more…)
Wow, time flies, here we are in April already. I spent last week participating in a grueling Fine Art show called Art & Soup. I was able to show and get lots of good feedback on a new series of recycled pate de verre panels, which I’ll be sharing in the next weeks. But, for now, onward to the Questions and Answers! These are all reader questions that I am reposting here in case anyone else has the same questions. Reader details have been omitted for privacy. If you submitted one of these questions and want attribution and a back link, please let me know.
- Q: I just got a kiln, I carefully researched and researched and finally bought one, a small one for glass 8×8, figured it would be a good beginners kiln. It comes with a digital pyrometer. When I was shopping around and contacting numerous kiln outlets, one of the places told me I needed to have a device for controlling temperatures. But they were at least $200 more. They warned me if I didn’t get one of these I would “have to babysit the kiln.” Well, I thought, so? I have to babysit the dishwasher or else it overflows, there’s a lot of things in my life I have to babysit, what’s one more thing? I finally found your website because using recycled glass is the goal and I’ve been saving bottles and jars and broken dishes for almost a year while I saved up for my kiln. So I get my kiln and I’m reading your information and I was, to put it mildly, shocked!! I’m figuring out how to read the ramp time information and looking at two of your ramp times one was 13.5 hours and one was 22.5 hours. Maybe I’m still not reading these right, but still, I thought babysitting would be and hour or 2 or 3. As I work full time I have maybe 2 hours at night and then the weekends I’m out running to complete errands or other events and having to be home monitoring the kiln for 12+ hours is not possible. So my kiln sits by the box it came in, unused, for almost 3 week nows. I figure there’s 2 solutions. (well, maybe 3, if one of them is that I’m totally not reading the ramp info properly) 1. Find projects that will only need to be fired for a few hours. 2. Bite the proverbial bullet and buy a controller unit. http://www.skutt.com/glass/products/GM-2LTcontroller.php That’s another $400. Or I could try and find a used kiln that has a controller. That of course could take forever. Man!! live and learn. Do you have any suggestions regarding Solution #1 (projects with a short fire time) or any of the rest? Thank you so much. I love your site!! I’m completely inspired. (more…)