One of the side benefits of lots of holiday celebrating is that I have more bottles to play with! Over the weekend I cleaned out the recycle bin and slumped a few bottles. I’m in the middle of setting up a place to sell my glass because the blog isn’t working well at all. Typepad keeps deactivating the “Buy Now” buttons and that’s not good! Hopefully in a week or so I’ll have a “real” grown up online store just for the glass and these bottles will be available.
I especially love bottles that are embossed.
Here’s the second batch ready to go in the kiln. The side that’s white is the top side and the coating keeps the bottles from devitrifying (looking filmy). If I get any of the wash on the back side they will stick to the mold…permanently. I’ve already lost one mold to that so I try to be really careful about it now.
In other glass news I am trying out another recycling technique. This is the setup for a screen melt. Glass scraps are piled on top of the screen. If it works all that glass will drip through the screen into the square form below. I started this last night and haven't been able to open the kiln to see the result yet. Whatever it is, it will require a lot of grinding and sandblasting to clean it up. My plan is to do several of these so that I can do the cold work in my 6 week glass class that starts next week.
If you look closely in the screen melt picture you will see some thick white stuff lining the square form. That's high temperature fiber paper. This is the stuff that lines your fireplace box. Since I had the roll of paper out I also got out the Go! Cutter and cut a bunch of shapes to do some more kiln carving like the amber tree. I think I'm all set for lots of glass making over the next few weeks.