Household glass?

ernie85017September 14, 2011

I have searched, but can't find an answer for this one.

Is it possible to use colored glass, say from old vaes, glassware (some is quite thin) for tesserae?

I have several pieces in colors, but wondering how to safely cut and use it.

Will wheeled cutters work on this type of glass?

Is silicone ok? I want to do the outside of a glass vase so the light will shine through.

Thanks.

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wackyweeder

there are artists who use this type of glass exclusively. You can use wheeled nippers, but depending on the kind you use, someglass is too thin for the wheels to meet and it wont cut it. I have a cheap pair from harbor freight I got for 7 dollars and they will cut the thinnest of glass, and my more exensive ones wont. But you cant break it and use the pieces also. yes silicone is fine.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 8:04PM
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nanatricia

Yes I have used all kind of things use a lot of wine bottle .Broke vases I know some one on this site has used broken toilets .Go with what floats your boat !!! Hehe!!!.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 10:54PM
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silvamae

Check out this art made exclusively with old broken glass, it is fabulous.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ear of the Wind glass studio

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 11:18PM
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ernie85017

Wowee. It must have taken years, or an army of volunteers to gather all that old glass.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 1:20AM
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barbfrizzell1955

Wow she does beautiful work!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 5:27PM
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concretenprimroses

It is wonderful. Amazing that he(?) uses lead channels to put them together. I have a book from 1940s England that I got at a thrift store, explaining how to teach school children how to make leaded glass windows! If they can learn it maybe I can too!
Kathy

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 12:34PM
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ernie85017

I found an ice cream maker. I'm all set to start, but kind of scared of cutting myself. The china shards are sharp - but glass? eek

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 3:36AM
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silvamae

You are right to be cautious. After the first few nips, you will gain confidence. Go slow and careful and don't get over-confident! It's really not that hard!

Here's a link to a glass totem I made out of old clear glass vases stacked. I used GE Silicone Two clear as an adhesive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Silva's glass totem WIP

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 9:05AM
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ernie85017

Woohoo! The dark grout really sets off the colors.

So this is what I have to look forward to!

Please post pictures when you finish. I love looking at what everyone has done.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 4:13PM
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wackyweeder

I rarely cut myself on glass, but always on china! keep your work area brushed off of shards-and use a brush not your hand!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 6:19PM
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silvamae

Ernie, here's a finished picture on Flickr.

Here is a link that might be useful: Silva's totem on Flickr

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 10:10AM
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ernie85017

I love your work. Do you make your own "tiles". Many are unusual.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 8:49PM
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silvamae

No, I nip everything, but I don't make them myself. Some of the tess on my GOG totem is ordinary stained glass. Some is specialty stained glass that is textured and draped that I got off eBay from a company that went out of business. Some is part of an antique bowl. A few pieces are from a vodka bottle that was in a recycle bin. So just a big mix, which is what I prefer.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 11:14PM
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