Well, I've gone and done it...bought myself a kiln. I have always been cold working my glass, but was always curious to learn more about slumping and fusing glass the more I worked with it. The kiln arrived the other day. Everything was intact, except there were no feet for the furniture kit...so I am waiting "patiently" for these to be shipped so I can start testing some slumping.
At the art shows, craft fairs, and festivals I attend, invariably someone would ask (or mention) about slumped wine bottles. I have been researching the process for about 6 months now. I rented some kiln time at a local studio in order to make some of my jewelry pendants. The studio time got to be pretty expensive, and I really didn't have the time to experiment. So now, I can experiment with various glass pieces and get exactly what I want.
I have ordered some molds that look very interesting. I am hoping to create some great "melted wine bottles." I expect it will take me several weeks (if not months) before I have a deliverable product, since I have limited time working with slumping glass.
My goal, in addition to making melted bottles, is to work on other glass pieces, including: Jewelry, small serving dishes, and possibly some art pieces. All of this, of course, will come from reclaimed bottles that I have always worked with.
Stay tuned...I will update my progress here.