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I have been working on perfecting a new product lately.  The product made from a recycled wine bottle.  I first take the bottle remove all the labels, and label residue.  I thoroughly clean it, and fire it in the kiln for about 14 hours.  Once the bottle is flat, I let it cool completely.  I then place it on a special former, and it goes back in the kiln for another 14 hours.  Once it comes out, it is a beautiful wine bottle candle holder. This has very unique and beautiful form to it. Simply put a 2.5" votive candle in...

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I have been struggling to keep up with demand utilizing my current kiln. I can only fit 2 wine bottles in it, which I slump into wine bottle cheese trays, and other items. It is a Paragon Trio, which has (and will continue) served its purpose well.  My new kiln is an Olympic GF314E. The interior is 25" x 25" x 13.5"!  I should be able to fit approximately 7 wine bottles for slumping.  This bigger, deeper kiln also allows me the ability to make some other recycled glass items that have been bouncing around in my head, but have...

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  It's been awhile since I have posted on this blog.  I have been successfully slumping (melting, flattening) many styles of wine, liquor and beer bottles.  It has definitely been a learning process.  While working with the various wine bottles, and removing the labels for kiln firing, I always admired the creativity and art work that is displayed on these labels.  I wanted to figure out a way to preserve the label, and reapply them to the bottles.  I tried MANY different methods/techniques.  Most were a miserable failure :) I didn't want to just glue (or mod podge) the labels...

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I have been working with slumping melted wine bottles for a few weeks now.  It is a little more difficult than I initially thought.  I am trying to perfect several different molds, bottle styles, glass thickness, glass colors, etc.  Each seems to perform a little differntly when fired in the kiln.  I have found when I fire flat bottles, I can fire at a higher temperature, but when I fire in a mold, the peak temperature is usually 50+ degrees cooler than when using a mold.  I have also found that different colors are more prone to Devit (devitrification).  Devit...

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  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...

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