When I started making fused glass mushrooms, I had to ask friends for empty wine bottles because I generally don’t drink any alcoholic beverages and so we had none at our house. In doing this, I was received several colors of bottles – dark green, olive green, clear, blue, brown and amber. Since the green are the only ones that worked well for mushroom stalks, that left me to think about other ideas for the different colors of bottles.
So, last week when I needed something to recognize an outgoing president of one of the organizations I am a member of, I decided to use one of the clear wine bottles to make another unique recognition item – a wind chime.
Clear Wine Bottle
Kinkajou bottle cutter
Armour Etch Glass Etching Paste
Gloves, eyewear, apron
Coe 96 white glass
Heat resistant wire
1. Following the directions for use, cut the bottom off of the wine bottle using the Kinkajou bottle cutter. I scored and cut about one inch up from the bottom. Smooth the edge with glass file or glass sanding pads.
2. Clean the surface of the glass with rubbing alcohol, making sure to remove all finger prints. Firmly adhere the cut stencil on the bottle.
3. Apply the Armour Etch paste to the glass following the suggestions in my original post about glass etching.
4. Create a wind scope or wind sail. I cut two tooth shapes out of white fusible glass. These were full fused together with a wire loop at the top to facilitate assembly of the wind chime.
5. Using wire and pieces of chain, string together the beads to a visually pleasing length. I used a wooden wheel shape for the striker and a wooden candle cup turned upside down to keep the beads from pulling out of the bottle.
The resulting wind chime creates a pleasant sound and a unique piece of visual art!