Tuesday, May 26, 2009

More Green today

David and I ground beads all day. We finished a small hand full of beads made from Jack Danial's bottles. The glass is curious... After making frit out of the glass, and washing the glass, letting it dry, then putting it in a mold to cast, ramping up the kiln and then,... the glass goes milky. Yes, milky. not clear, but a white translucent color. Very unexpected, but very pleasing. Here is an image of the beads.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bombay Sapphire

What we all have been waiting for..... Here is a new piece with the recycled bottle....Bombay Sapphire Gin. The color of this glass is so beautiful. And I only have 2 bottles. So, if any of you want to trade a bottle (Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle only) for a bead, please respond to this post with your email, and I will send you my address.

Monday, May 18, 2009


The recycling project is going like crazy!!!
I picked up a bucket of old rusty concrete nails from Habitat for Humanities. I am forging them out and then flameworking glass on to them. Here is an image of some of the single pieces i just finished.

The saphire gin beads are still being ground to shape. These do take a little while.
But I have not forgotten to post.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday came and went

OK... I said I would have some images of beads for you using the Bombay Saphire gin bottle..... But, NO!!!!!! sorry about that. I will have some images of the beautiful blue beads cut up into cubes, before I start grinding them. That will be tomorrow. OK... tomorrow never comes, but really I already have them cut, and I just have to take a picture and post it here. easy right? Yes! I have a new goal in my life, and that goal is to try to say something here more often. I won't promise every day, because I really hate breaking my promise. But I will promise to write here more often than before. (scroll down to see how bad I was...) I also updated this profile, so you can now click a gadget (to the right of this verbage) to follow this blog if you are interested. And believe me, you may be interested... because if you are reading this, you will probably want to read more.
till later,

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bombay Sapphire

I finally got a bottle of Bombay Sapphire. That color is beautiful.. Here is a picture of me crushing the bottle. Beautiful Casting it tonight. Cutting it up tomorrow... Beads by Monday!
Can't wait!

Recycle, recycle, recycle

Glass from glass bottles. A bar down the street named 'The Hut' Tucson Az. donates weekly to our effort, as well as friends and family.
After we receive the bottles, we wash off the labels. Break up the glass and then cast the glass in a slab. After the slab cools, we cut it up into cubes, and then hand grind a roundel shape out of them. At this point more grinding is done until the final shape is acquired, and then a final polish in the tumbler.