Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wine Bottle Heart
A while back, I was given a blue wine bottle to play with when I made beads. I broke the bottle and tried to figure out how to melt the glass without me burning my fingers. I tried a punty. Believe me, punties and I just don't get along. (A punty is a glass rod you attach to some molten glass to pull or push it.) The punty broke off long before I was ready. I didn't get much glass on the mandrel. As a result, the bead was tiny and misshapen. So, I just kept looking at the beautiful broken blue glass. I tried using my hemostats to hold the broken blue glass as I applied it to the coated mandrel. Because the glass is so thick and viscus, the hemostats got way too warm before I could apply the glass to the coated mandrel, and I managed to burn my fingers. OUCH! Then, day before yesterday, as I was pulling cane for a different project, I realized I was making cane by applying the glass to an uncoated mandrel, then pulling the cane. A light bulb went off. I mean literally. A light bulb went off in the lamp by my work area. I saw the blue glass reflecting the soft sunshine. I finished pulling the cane. I cooled the mandrel by dipping it in cool water. I began to melt the broken glass, which immediately broke into smaller, more manageable pieces. In their smaller sizee, the glass melted more quickly onto the uncoated mandrel. It took a long time, but I melted the blue glass onto the uncoated mandrel. I then grabbed a coated mandrel and began to apply the blue glass to the mandrel with bead release. It worked! No burnt fingers, and, although it took a long time, the glass melted on to the mandrel. I was able to push the glass and shape it into a heart. It is a beautiful heart, too! I plan to continue to work with my wine bottle glass. My only regret is that I don't drink. I guess it's not really a regret. I just want the bottles. This could be a great way to use up glass that might end up in a landfill. Once in a while, though, it would be nice to have a glass a wine. I wonder how long it would take to use up a tall bottle of wine, if you only drink 2-3 times a year?
Posted by rosebud101 at 7:45 PM