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Thursday, July 30, 2009


Because it sounds so much cooler than "not being wasteful".

So remember this?


of course you do- (assuming that you have a better memory than a goldfish)

and if not, you can scroll down to my last post.

so I took those (ends of glass rods, bead that cracked or just looked down right stupid)

and made it into this:
glass frits

First, I tried to do it the quick and dirty way with

a hammer


latex gloves


placed glass on news print (I know this is blue glass, but I didn't take pis of the green during all this)


and smashed away


This was quite unsuccessful and more glass went flying about than was getting smashed.

So then I made a simple ball mill largely based off of these instructions on instructables ( I love this site)

On a rinsed out maple-syrup container made of heavy-duty plastic, I marked and cut a hole in the bottom.


Then I placed a screw through the hole and tightened it on with a nut


Then I covered the end of the screw with epoxy and stuck it in where the drill-bit goes and added more epoxy.



Waited for it to dry.....



And put in about 40 nuts (these are substituting the 'balls' in the ball mill)


added my glass and held the trigger till the battery died.

My glass came out nicely crushed


and then I added a little this

glass rods 2

and this

and made this :)



Valerie said...

I'm apoligizing for the poor picture quality on the last couple pics... I ran out of day-light

The Peach Tart said...

This is beautiful.

Sami said...

Look at you go, you crafty woman you! This is awesome :) Your upcycling rules!

Sandy said...

Wow! your very own ball mill! The end result is cute. :)

Valerie said...

aw- I don't know what to so to y'all but thanks!

SarahKelley said...

And that's dedication! Awesome!

Valerie said...

Sarah Kelly- thanks... although it may be more of a product of stubbornness :)

Soda and Candy said...

Up with upcycling!

You creative mistress you!!!

Anonymous said...

That's pretty!!! I make semi-precious jewelry so I'm always keen on seeing any quirky little cute things like this! Plus I love coloured or blown glass.

Anonymous said...

That is way cool. I like the word "upcycling" too. Seriously, I can't wait for your etsy shop to open!

Eric said...

And this is why you are great! Thanks for the tech link!

I wonder if I could use my hydraulic press to make frit?

King of New York Hacks said...

Blow torches, glass..AND a finished product....I'll be looking for that Saturday class at Home Depot soon !!

mylittlebecky said...

my dad has one of those, made from a bucket, for bullet casings. because he's a wacko.

in other news, i love the little heart guy! adorbs.

Valerie said...

Soda and Candy- thanks lady. You're pretty creative yourself ;)

veg killer- I learn something new about you everyday. something wonderful. I may try to stalk you next time I drive back home.

Young mom/wife- I'm a little slow on starting that eh?

Eric- flattery, works all the time. I wish I could go to your house right now and use your hydraulic press for all sorts of dangerous things.

K of NYH- first off, I love your name. second I like your style, and 3rd I am on my way to adding you to google reader

mylittlebecky- don't let your dad meet my fiance; it equals too much gun stuff. Glad you like the heart!

Critty Critty Bang Bang said...

Is your dad's name McGuyver!? I'm always amazed by your beading skills.

glorv1 said...

I like that word "upcycling" and how ingenious of you. You sure are a crafty lady. Thx for sharing.

Valerie said...

My peasure glorv1, but I can't lay claim to the word upcycling... although I'm not sure where the credit is due.

Valerie said...

Critty- lol- actually, pretty much. I mean he is a mechanical engineer.

Laura M said...

That it such a cool process and you my dear are very creative!

Valerie said...

Thanks Laura :)

the girl with the pink teacup said...

Oh. My. God. I think I am seriously in love with you now. Any woman who can smash beads with a hammer, think up a better alternative using nuts and power tools, then make something so freakin' pretty with a blowtorch while having an Australian cattle dog as her faithful assistant is my instant crush. I can't wait to see what arrives in the next few weeks...