Fused Glass from Tropics of Costa Rica

Bottle Bird plates

costa rica birds

Keel-billed Toucan

By now, everyone on the planet has seen the ubiquitous slumped bottle/cheese plate.

costa rica birds

Ringed Kingfisher

I’ve added a Costa Rican tropical bird to each one, most of which I’ve seen here in Samara.

bottle birds

First step is to melt the lichor bottles to a full fuse, about 1535F in my kiln.

art glass costa rica

Then I add high temperature paint and powdered glass to create the bird.  It’s a little tricky because the Marigold looks white and the Apple Green looks blue.  Glass is made from minerals that change when heated, not pigments like paint.

bb2

That bird gets fired a second time to a tac fuse, about 1335F.

glass fusing costa rica

The powdered glass adheres to the bottle but it doesn’t become completely fused.

handmade fused glass

Then I add more powdered glass to intensify the colors.  There’s that sneaky Apple Green on his beak.

hand made costa rica art

Then the bottles are fired a third time, to a full fuse again.

birds costa rica

Streak-backed Oriole

And voila!  Ready to party.

wildlife costa rica

Black-headed Trogon

These Bottle Birds will be on display and for sale at Samara Organics next week.

Let me know which birds I should do next.

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