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« on: February 08, 2013 10:48:32 AM »

I have sooooo many 'want to do' and 'what if I' projects floating around in my head that they are driving me a bit batty!  I can't seem to focus long enough to bring one to the kiln.....it's rather frustrating.  I decided that the best thing to do would be to get ANYTHING into and out of the kiln to try and refocus my energies.  I chose to throw together one of those broken bottle bowls that I've seen from time to time.....figured it would be quick and maybe I'd learn a thing or two.

I'd definitely increase the process temperature if I do this again.  I was going for a smooth contoured look that kept some texture.  At 1450 in my kiln, the glass is still a bit more hard edged than I would like.  I had been hoping to produce a 12 inch bowl shape, but one 750ml Bordeaux bottle only produced a 9" blank.  I didn't want to mix bottles and risk compatibility issues, so I went with the smaller version. 

Interestingly, with this piece I didn't get any of the devit that almost always shows up when I slump bottles into spoon rests or flats.  Anyone here do much work with bottle glass?  I'd love to know how you avoid devitrification - I've just about resorted to sandblasting bottles before they go in..........since I'm almost always sandblasting them after slumping anyways.... Undecided


« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013 11:31:34 AM »

Oooohhhh!  Very unusual and very nice!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013 12:30:16 PM »

Can't help with your questions, but I really like your results!! The effect you ended up with is super cool. I've never seen a broken bottle bowl before.

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013 01:08:09 PM »

This piece has a very organic feel to it, and I like that.  Smiley Sorry I'm not help with your questions but no doubt someone will be able to soon.

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