Sans kiln, what is the best way to melt glass?

  1. Ben Zoltak profile image83
    Ben Zoltakposted 4 years ago

    Sans kiln, what is the best way to melt glass?

    I am looking to make my own art glass tiles recycling stained glass, wine bottles, etc.(into ovoids, circles, tray shapes, etc) there are three ways I can think to do this, what is the best (safest, most efficient, cost effective) option?
    1. Bonfire with bellows (will it reach 2500F)?
    2. Fresnel lens (can I melt enough glass to make a 10"x6" tile)?
    3. Microwave (again, can I melt a large enough piece to be worth it, and will it blow up!)?

  2. jeffreymaskel profile image73
    jeffreymaskelposted 4 years ago

    Not sure if it is the most efficient or cost effective but I didn't notice a small glass blower's torch.  I've seen plenty of small glass ornaments and pipes made with just a small blow torch flame and constant rolling and working the glass.  I would think you could just melt it flat onto a metal surface maybe?

    1. Ben Zoltak profile image83
      Ben Zoltakposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Never heard of that, thanks Jeff I'll check it out!

 
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