Flatten an ordinary bottle and sandblast it into this beautifully etched cheese tray.
Materials and Tools:
1 fused (flattened) wine bottle
1 square foot vinyl resist
design or pattern to transfer
18-gauge 12" craft wire
10 various glass beads
bent nose pliers
pan of water
1. Select and clean wine bottle. Remove label.
2. Bend 18-gauge wire with pliers into a loop in the center with 6-inch ends and place loop into the neck of the bottle to use later as a hanger (figure A).
3. Place bottle in a glass kiln and fire until bottle is flat, approximately eight to 10 hours. Let bottle cool.
4. Draw design on vinyl resist with a permanent marker.
5. Cut out vinyl resist design with a craft knife.
6. Remove vinyl backing and apply design onto the bottle (figure D).
7. Place bottle into sandblasting chamber and blast with compressed sand.
8. Remove bottle from chamber, place in a pan of water and peel off vinyl (figure F) to reveal design. Dry with a towel.
9. Embellish neck of bottle with wire and glass beads. Twist the wire around the neck of the bottle, and add a variety of beads to the ends. Close ends with pliers (figure H).
Add cheese to your etched wine bottle tray and enjoy.
Project by Rebecca Brown from Edmond, Okla.
Arts and crafts have always been a part of Rebecca Brown's life. She has dabbled in everything from painting to paper art. Her husband, Tim, a passionate glass worker, introduced her to the world of glasswork. She picked it up with ease and soon discovered sandblasting: a simple technique that reveals stunning and complicated results. She teaches everyone from 5 to 95 that they can sandblast, too. Of course, it's her artistic touch that makes Brown's glass etched wine bottle cheese tray so distinctive.