Many glass artists have gotten into creating recycled glass art in a big way lately by using glass bottles. One fun project is melting and fusing together pieces of bottles. Below we have pictures of a project we are in the process of working on. As we complete the piece we'll add more pictures as well.
For our newest project we used two recycled brown glass bottles. We placed them in a couple of plastic grocery bags and crushed them with a hammer. Once crushed we removed some of the larger pieces like the bottle bottoms and necks and then placed the remaining glass onto our kiln shelf. Our shelf has primer on it as well as a piece of shelf paper. We always have primer on our shelves even when we use shelf paper.
We actually haven't decided what to make with our new "sheet" of glass. The possibilities are endless! As soon as we do decide what to do with this, we'll post more pictures and update this page. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome! We were thinking about slumping the sheet over a floral former to make a candle holder or lamp shade, OR slump it into a mold to make a decorative bowl.
Glass bottle pieces arranged on kiln shelf and shelf paper before firing.
Closer view of unfired glass pieces in kiln.
Glass bottle pieces after fusing process.
Closer view of fused bottle pieces in kiln.
Once fused together, we were able pick up the entire piece and it held together!