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Saturday, February 4, 2012
My First Bottle Beads
Here are my first bottle beads:
My observations--and a disclaimer--I did not use this brand of wine on my beads--though it is a very nice wine!
1. It wasn't too bad making bottle beads. The most difficult thing about it was overcoming the shockiness of the glass, which I did by preheating the glass shards in the kiln. The only problem with that was, it took a LONG time. I preheated the kiln at a ramp of 200 degrees per hour, so I wasn't up to bead annealing temperature for more than 4 hours. Next time I'm going to try to ramp it up faster. I did start making some beads and putting them in the kiln long before it was at annealing temperature. It didn't seem to harm them at all. I started playing with some shards after they were at about--maybe 350 degrees in the kiln and were still a bit shocky. Not long after that, they worked out fine.
2. My bottle beads seem to be crystal clear. That's good, but a bit disconcerting! Why is it that wine bottles destined for the trash make crystal clear beads and glass rods--which can be very expensive--can be scummy?
3. Wine bottles come in a rainbow of colors--provided that the rainbow is different shades of green! Any donations of wine--or booze--bottles will be greatfully accepted, but NO GREEN, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
4. You don't want to see me start drinking more, do you?