I seem to manage to collect all sorts of glass - glass fascinates me and if I see a nice coloured bottle or an interesting shape I can never bring myself to put it in the recycling. Because of this habit I have amassed quite a collection.
Some I make into pretty lamps, others I melt and make abstract shapes from.
For my sustainability assignment I have decided to try and make a clock out of mini wine bottles.
I had a box of these mini Mateus Rose bottles, just because they are such a pleasing shape, so thought it was a good time to make them into something new.
So, time for a good scrub. It took a pan scourer and a teaspoon to scrape all the lables off, and I had to cut off the little wire ring around the neck. Neither of these would have been good in the kiln.
When they were all nice and clean I put the bottles in the kitchen oven to make sure they well and truly dried out. My kiln is a glass kiln which wouldn't take too kindly to the presence of moisture within it.
I laid them all out, making sure none of them were touching, then programmed the kiln to do an overnight fusing fire.
In the morning I opened the kiln lid to find a set of lovely flat little bottles. Result!