fire polishing wine bottles

Anyone fire polish wine bottle bottoms to make glasses?If so, what did you use for a firing schedule? Thanks, Bev

Fire polishing temperatures

Fire polishing temperatures are higher than slumping temperatures so the bottles will tend to lose their shape by the time the rough edges fire polish.

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Paul
FusedGlass.Org
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.com

 

fire polishing wine bottles

That's what I thought. Did Karen hand polish the ones she made for gifts at Christmas? What's the best way to hand polish w/o buying expensive equipment? Thank's. Bev

Fire Polishing Wine Bottles

Paul thank you for your comment.  I did try to use the Fire Polish schedule and the bottles collapsed in the kiln.  I found on another site where someone said to try the annealing temp and then they were going to use a torch, close the lid to the kiln and let cool.  There has got to be a better way.  I have also seen it done with a torch and the bottle is put on a turn table - seemed to work, but I don't know much about torches, oxygen ratio, etc.  It would seem there are many of us out there wanting to figure out the easiest/best way to fire polish these darn bottles.  Wink

Fire polishing

Seems like it would be more successful to do it by hand. My bottle cutter came with a polishing compound (I'd have to look, but probably cerium oxide). You put some compound on a piece of flat float, add water to form a paste, and roll the edges of the glass around until smooth & polished.

 

Dana W.

Jester's Baubles Fused Glass Designs

www.jestersbaubles.com

Hisglassworks

Looks like HisGlassworks has a couple of tutorials on grinding bottles using the polishing compound and flat sheet of glass:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTDUpXGkC0g

Dana W.

Jester's Baubles Fused Glass Designs

www.jestersbaubles.com

Fire polishing wine bottles.

Was hoping for a quicker way when working with quite a few bottles. Guess it is just going to take time.

Fire polishing

It's the proverbial project management triangle: fast, cheap, and good. Choose two, you can't have all three :)

If you want a quality piece with minimal effort, you'll have to invest in expensive equipment (i.e., a lap grinder). If you want a quality piece done cheaply, it's going to take time.

The only other option is cheap and fast, where quality goes out the window.

Dana W.

Jester's Baubles Fused Glass Designs

www.jestersbaubles.com

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