Do you remember when I started bottle slumping that I said that I’m not a huge fan of slumped bottles? But I stuck with it until I figured out the right program and process that would work for all bottles.
Unfortunately, now I can’t leave a bottle alone. I bring them all home. People love them and my bottle collection is sort of becoming my warm up exercise for kiln work. I plan to do some glass this weekend to make some things to add to my mosaic wall so yesterday I slumped some bottles to work out the kiln.
Last week we emptied a Hendricks gin bottle, a Macallan scotch bottle and more than one wine bottle. I was most anxious to slump the gin bottle. It’s really thick so I feared that it would break from thermal shock.
Between the time I selected the bottles and loaded the kiln I noticed that the wine bottle still had some moisture in it so I traded it out for a large beer bottle. You can see that they all slumped perfectly!
I always use the swirl mold on clear bottles because the texture shows up best on clear or lightly colored bottles. You can tell from the neck that this one isn’t a wine bottle. This is the Macallan bottle. I’ll keep this one for myself.
The best surprise is the gin bottle! I love it!
The embossed name stayed and you can see that the opening didn’t slump together. That’s because of the thickness of the neck area. I love how it worked out.
I slumped this one in my large magnum mold and that’s why this one is mostly flat. It would make a great ring tray on a dresser. But this was Anne’s bottle so she will get to decide what to do with it.
This bottle was a larger than normal beer bottle. I think it would be perfect for a spoon rest.
Now I’m ready to spend some time this weekend making elements for my wall. I feel the need for some tropical fish. I also need to get some of my bottles listed for sale. I have at least a case of them now.