Making Larger Bottle Glass Sheets - Glass With a Past

Published: Wed, 01/14/15


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Today's tip is from Jackie Chipouras (Chip of Glass on facebook and Chip of Glass on Etsy).  Jackie's idea has changed the way I process bottles before fusing, and she has generously agreed to let me share it with all of you.
Making larger sheets of fusible bottle glass
In a previous newsletter we talked about how to cut bottles in half and flatten them to make small sheets of glass that could then be used for fusing.
Jackie suggests that instead of cutting the bottles in half, carefully cut a strip out of the side, then using the same firing schedule, flatten the whole bottle out as one large piece:
1.  Cut the top and bottom off of the bottle.
2.  Cut a 1" wide strip from the cylinder
3.  Place all of the bottles in the kiln, cut side up.
4.  Fire using the bottle flattening schedule:
300 F to 500 F - hold 10
500 F to 1260 F - hold 8
0000 to 1060 F - hold 20
It is critical that the cut be wide enough (about an inch) or the bottle will fold back in on itself:
And that the cut is centered when the cylinder is on the kiln shelf:
What a great tech tip, thanks again to Jackie!  If you have a tip you'd like to share, send it on over.
Thanks for reading, and, as always, let me know if you have questions, I'm happy to help! 

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