fire polishing wine bottles
- April 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm #9086ziads1Participant
Anyone fire polish wine bottle bottoms to make glasses?If so, what did you use for a firing schedule? Thanks, BevApril 21, 2009 at 4:40 am #11269AnonymousInactiveApril 21, 2009 at 4:59 am #11270ziads1Participant
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. BevMay 14, 2013 at 12:37 am #11271sandieParticipant
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.May 18, 2013 at 5:12 am #11272
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.
Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass DesignsMay 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm #11273May 21, 2013 at 4:27 am #11274sandieParticipant
Was hoping for a quicker way when working with quite a few bottles. Guess it is just going to take time.May 23, 2013 at 3:08 am #11275
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.
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