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My First Attempt at Melted Bottles


As I mentioned in my previouse post, I got a Kiln for Christmas. Of course Santa didn't bring it, I had to buy it myself.  I really like the Kiln.  It is a Paragon Trio, and is designed for slumping bottles.  I can fit 2 wine bottles into the kiln at a time.  The firing process takes over 9 hours, and by the time the kiln is cool, nearly 15-18 hours has elapsed. I like the look of melted wine bottles.

Over the last several days, I have been doing some trial bottle slumping to see what turns out.  My first slump was semi-succesful.  I placed two bottles in two different molds.  The first mold (see top bottle in picture) is a dual compartment wine bottle snack dish.  The second mold (see bottom bottle in picture) is a wine bottle dish. The dual compartment wine bottle snack dish turned out pretty good.  It slumped down well with virtually no bubbles, and no divitrification.  The single dish...not so well.  The sides of the wine dish actually folded over into the dish.  It's hard to see from the picture, but trust me it did not turn out well.

I will be trying some additional firing schedules to see if I can improve the single serving wine tray.  If anyone has any ideas, let me know.

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