Weekender Project: Upcycled Wind Bells

Upcycled glass bottle projectUpcycling is a great way to reuse your trash and turn it into a great piece of art. Take this Upcycled Wind Bells project for example; from a few used wine or beer bottles and some stringing material, you can create some wonderful wind chimes, all you need is a Generation Green G2 bottle cutter. Think of all the other great glass projects you can make too; planters, vases, tumblers, pitchers, candle holders, the list goes on and on. The instructions for this Upcycled Wind Bells Project can be found in the Diamond Tech Creative Corner along with many more awesome upcycled glass crafts. What are you waiting for? Find a store, grab a Generation Green G2 Bottle Cutter and start turning your trash to treasure!


Glass Upcycling Inspiration

Upcycle bottle cutter projectA little while ago I was flipping through a stained glass book  and came across this image and I just had to share it! 

What a great way to incorporate trash into  art. I love this image because it ties upcycling with stained glass and it’s a little abstract; clearly this trash is being put to good use. The thing I love about upcycling my old glass bottles is that it brings a new light to mixed media and there are so many things you can create! Check out the Diamond Tech Creative Corner for more upcyling inspiration with the G2 Bottle Cutter.

How to Apply an Image on a KraftyBlok

KraftyBlok Image ArtSo you want to put a photo on a KraftyBlok? You could tape the photo on… but then the photo will fall off. You could glue the photo on, but then you’ll have all sorts of sticky stuff everywhere and you’ll see the glue through the KraftyBlok. Well low and behold your solution is simple. To permanently set a photo onto a KraftyBlok, all you need is KraftyBlok Image Art. Applying the Image Art is super easy, follow these steps and you will surely have success.

  1. Make sure you have a Laser Printer or have access to one.
  2. Scan your image or find it on your computer and fit it to fit inside the Image Art paper size; 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ , print your image from a laser printer and carefully trim the excess paper.
  3. Clean your pretty little KraftyBlok, we don’t want a little residue getting in the way of our image now do we?
  4. Drop the Image Art Paper in water – distilled is best if you have it but not necessary – and allow to soak for 30 seconds or until the transfer starts to slip away from the backing
  5. Place the transfer over the KraftyBlok and slowly – (like tortoise slow) pull the backing away from the transfer and pat dry
  6. Optional – To permanently set your image bake in an oven – toaster oven will work beautifully – for 15 minutes at 345 and let cool for 20 minutes

That’s it, I know super easy huh!? Watch the video below to see for yourself how easy it is and be sure to check out the Diamond Tech Creative Corner for project ideas and instructions.

Weekender Project: Sweet Autumn Sun Bottle Stopper

Fused Glass Autumn Bottle StopperI have waited all summer and now it’s finally here! Autumn has arrived. Living under the hot Florida sun, who could blame me for being excited about this beautiful season? The colors change, the temperature drops, albeit just a few degrees down here, and the kids are back in school. Say hello to autumn and show off your love  of the season with this Sweet Autumn Sun Stopper made with the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln and beautiful fall-inspired shades of glass. Download the instructions for this fun fused bottle stopper and find more fusing projects in our Creative Corner. Don’t forget to check out our store finder to find the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln in a craft store near you.

Upcycling – Creating Crafts from Trash!

by Rita Schwab

Wine Bottle Candle SticksWhat if the materials you needed for your next project were free and available?

And what if choosing this particular material allowed you to generate some environmental benefits, like reducing waste while proving your creative outlet?

This is the benefit of upcycling, using waste material  to create something new and of perhaps of greater value. Right now if you see an empty bottle or jars you see this as a negative. Instead, perceive it as a decorative wind chime, unique candlestick, one-of-a-kind salad bowl and a whole host of other things. Once you start looking at it not as waste but as material for creation a whole new world opens up for creating.

I’d love to hear how you upcycle! Leave a comment below and let me know what you like to upcycle and if you have a moment, check out the Diamond Tech  Crafts Creative Corner  for inspiration in creating one-of-a-kind upcycled projects using discarded bottles and the Generation Green Bottle Cutter

Mosaics – How To Cut and Nip Tile

SUNFLOWER MosaicWhen it comes to cutting shapes for your mosaics, the material you are cutting/nipping and the tool you are cutting with will usually determine how you cut. In general, there are two nipping tools to use when working with mosaics; the wheeled glass nipper and the tile nipper and for larger pieces you have my favorite tool, the scorer/breaker.

The scorer/breaker is used to score and break large pieces of ceramic and glass tile to cut into smaller, more manageable shapes for nipping.

Most glass used in mosaics are stained glass chips, vitreous glass chips or mirrored glass chips. These smaller glass chips can be cut into smaller shaped using a wheeled glass nipper. When working with material like smalti, marble or ceramic tiles it is best to use a tile nipper. The way you use each nipper varies, check out the videos below to get an idea of how to use them.

To cut rectangles, simply place the chip between the wheels of the nipper and apply pressure, to make a square repeat the same procedure with the rectangle.

To cut triangles, angle the material at the corner of the chip and apply pressure.

Circles are a little trickier, if you’re not experienced, you may want to draw a circle on the glass as a guide and nip the corner of the chip and then bit away at the edges until you have a nice circle.

Keystoning can be a little tricky too; keystoning is the shaping of tiles to form a curved design. You will probably want to draw out a pattern if you are planning on incorporating curved designs. This way you can line up squares and draw a guideline on the tiles so you have a reference of where to nip.

Check out the videos below to see how to cut rectangles, squares, triangles, random shapes and circles and stop by the Diamond Tech Crafts Creative Corner for more how-to and fun project ideas.

Weekender Project: KraftyBlok Seaside Shadowbox

KraftyBlok ShadowboxAs the last days of summer slip away, keep those fond memories of vacations and day trips alive throughout the whole year with this Seaside Shadowbox. This fun project uses the Kraftyblok as the project base and can be covered and filled with a few items from your summer adventures. Whether your memories are filled with sand castles and starfish or campfires and s’mores a KraftyBlok shadowbox will serve as a nice little reminder of whats to come next summer. Find instructions for the Seaside Shadowbox  and more fun KraftyBlok projects in the Diamond Tech Creative Corner.

You can find KraftyBlok at your favorite local craft supplier. To find a store near you, visit the Diamond Tech store locator.