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!)?
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?