Bottle Glass Beauties

img_5113Here is a tutorial I put together after creating some fun (and easy!) butterflies & dragonflies using the Creative Paradise LF107 & LF111 molds. The kicker is these are not made with fusing frit…. rather a broken and ground up Torani coffee syrup bottle. After fusing I painted them with Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints.


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Also, if interested here is a video where I broke and ground the glass. There are many ways you can create frit, this is what works for me. However you do so, use appropriate safety precautions!

Updated No Days Powder Wafer Video

Here is a newer video I found from No Days on using the No Days Powder Wafer material. I love cutting mine with the Silhouette Cameo. I use a blade depth of 7 and slow the speed to the minimum. Punches work well too. I also really like the indirect method of activation. I use a griddle heated to 200 and hold them on the heat (I use the release liner) for 15 minutes. Of course, all griddles and die cutters, like kilns, are different!

Prepping Molds & Shelves for Firing

I found a few helpful videos on YouTube (which is a great resource by the way!) These are worth sharing for those either new to fusing or new to the products shown.

I tend to use MR-97, and more recently ZYP (same as MR-97) on casting molds and texture molds, and kiln wash such as Hotline Primo Primer or Bullseye Shelf Primer on slumping molds and kiln shelves. Alternatively on the shelf I use ceramic paper including Bullseye ThinFire and Papyros. The important thing is that you use some type of release between your glass and what it is going to come in contact with during the fusing & slumping process.

While many people suggest a haik brush for applying primer, I use a soft paintbrush and have never had any issues. The problem I have always had with haik brushes is they seem to shed!

Cutting Circles & Circular Borders or Rims

There is a great step-by-step tutorial on cutting circles & circular borders or rims on the System 96 website. Artist Patty Gray demonstrates the process.

I have used this method and also incorporate a large lazy susan in my workspace made of granite. It helps as I can hold the cutter in place and give the lazy susan a spin around while I make the score.