This past week I have been playing in my pottery studio with melting wine bottles in my kiln. I have seen these cute repurposed wine bottles around the handmade scene and always wanted to try it. I mean how hard is it to melt glass, right? Well I was never able to find instructions on how to melt glass in a ceramic kiln (as opposed to a glass kiln) and was too scared to attempt it until last month when I had a booth next to some very friendly glass fusion artists and they told me in detail what custom firing I had to do to melt the bottles and fire them at the correct rate to make them sturdy. I bought one mold so I can melt the bottles into a shallow serving dish or all the way flat to make a cheese/cracker/whatever platter. Here are pictures of my first round of bottles.
So what do you guys think? Fun way to recycle and make a green craft in my opinion. Unfortunately not everyone has akiln but if you do have access to one and would like to know the firing schedule, just ask and I would be happy to share.
This Saturday (tomorrow) Bonnybee Designs will be in Memphis, TN at the Indie Style Market which I am very excited about! If you are in the area make sure to stop by!
Come back to see what I am up to next. Until then keep on craftin',