|Before: Beer Bottle|
For this project, I cut off the neck of a beer bottle one of my son's friends recommended after a semester in Europe. He wanted to try the beer. I was psyched by the rich green color of the bottle.
Melting reclaimed glass is always unpredictable. The color often changes when heated and formed and the temperature needed to form the glass is always uncertain. This glass proved a success. The pendant took exactly the form I hoped and the color stayed as rich and pretty as it was in the store.
|After: Pendant by GeltDesigns.com|
Sterling silver end caps
G-S Hypo Cement.
18-gauge sterling silver half hard round wire.
Glass fusing kiln
Kiln safe bisque mold
Kiln wash/ shelf primer
Drink the beer and wash out the bottle. Set aside. It is not a good idea to operate saws or kilns after drinking alcohol.
|Cut top off bottle with saw.|
Cut off the top of the bottle using a ring saw or glass cutter.
|Clean the cut glass.|
|Put the glass in a mold.|
|Place the glass in the kiln|
Note: Always put your kiln on a fire safe work surface and wear protective eye goggles when looking into a hot kiln.
Allow the glass to cool to room temperature. Remove the glass from the kiln and wash off any kiln wash on the glass.
|Add stringing material|
Cut a piece of stringing material to the length needed. Pull the stringing material through the hole in the glass and tighten.
Add findings. We used some sterling silver end caps that we added to the end of the imitation leather stringing material using pliers. We secured the end caps with a drop of G-S Hypo Cement.
We added a hook style clasp made from 18-gauge sterling silver half hard round wire.
How to Melt Wine Bottles into a Bead
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How to Melt Wine Bottles into Jewelry
How to Melt Wine Bottles for Lampwork
Make Your Own Hook & Eye Clasp
Make Your Own "S" Clasp
How to Make a Simple "S" Clasp (with or without Beads)
"Glass Kiln Casting with Colour de Verre - 10 Projects for Frit Cast Jewelry, Plates & Bowls"; Jayne Persico; 2007.