Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wine Bottle Evolution

Today’s wine bottle comes from a long history of wine storage. Originally, containers were made of stone, wood, leather or earthenware.
The original glass bottles were for wealthy Europeans and were thin-walled glass bottles used to transport wine from the cask to be drunk immediately. Since they were so fragile, they were often supported with metal frames or wicker (which is still used for some Chianti bottles).
Today’s wine bottle actually owes its beginnings not to the French… It was the English that developed heavier, pigmented glass that allowed cork to be used as a stopper. The wine bottle shape was hand blown and it was balloon shaped. Storing the balloon shaped bottles proved to be difficult, so cylindrical bottles were developed to allow for better storage.
Today's wine bottles are typically French styles and are called bordeaux. These bottles are high shouldered bottles. The bordeaux bottles are the one that I use when making my wine bottle cheese trays. I prefer this type of bottle because once it has been fired in my kiln it has a larger surface for serving your favorite snacks on. Other shapes of wine bottles I find to be too slender or just too small.
I would like to share with you the process it takes for the wine bottle to become a cheese tray. First I collect my wine bottles from a local wine bar. I always recycle and like to think that I'm helping our enviorment. The bottles are then soaked in very hot water to help remove the labels. The are cleaned inside and out. Now the bottles must dry completely out. This takes about three to four days. There must be no moisture in the bottle before firing. I then place a piece of wire in the neck of the bottle and secure with a touch of glue. Once this has dried they are ready for the kiln. It takes about eight hours to completely fire the wine bottles. They must reach around 1,425 degrees to melt completely. After the firing is complete (no peeking) the kiln needs to cool down to room temputure before I can remove them.
Simply the most perfect unique gift for anyone!

Friday, November 28, 2008

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Real Job As A Stained Glass Artist

I'v already told you a little about myself, but I feel like I need to tell more.
As I have mentioned before that I'm a stained glass artist by trade. I just wanted you to see a small sampling of what it is that I do.
In the photo above is a pictures of the window that I reconstructed for a local church in a neigboring town. This window was originally from the early 1800's and I was asked to reconstruct in to its former beauty.
First I had to completely log every piece of glass before I could start. I then made a sketch, so that I would know where every piece needed to go. This particular window had layers of glass.
This technique is called plating. Layers of glass were built into the window to reach a specific shade of color. Of course this make the repair alot more difficult. Once the sketch and the logging were done then I had to take it appart and label every piece. After that then each piece needs to be cleaned and put back together with new lead and solder. I also added a few internal re-bars for strength. I also added a dedication plaque upon the family's request.
It took me over three months to repair this window and the finished product turned out wonderful!
The family that commissioned me for this project are very pleased with the out come and the window hangs in their church today and will hang there for my years to come. I'm was very proud to be a part of this restoration.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pretty Petals

This is my new line of stained glass flower pendants.They can be worn dressed up in your perfect black dress or dressed down in your favorite pair of jeans. I choose the basic black background to better show off the appliqued flower. I assembled them using the copperfoil technique of stained glass. I then embellished them with colored swarovski crystals for added sparkle. They look like a miniture shadow box.Each "flower pendant" measures 1" X 1 1/8"