How to Make Recycled Glass Into Glass Beads

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How to Make Recycled Glass Into Glass Beads
Glass beads (beads image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

Glass bottles and jars can be reused in a variety of craft projects. Even broken glass can be reused to make glass beads. This project require bead moulds, which can be bought at craft and glass art stores. A kiln, which is an insulated box with high levels of heat, is also used to make glass beads.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mortar and pestle
  • Recycled glass
  • Sifter
  • Dye
  • Bead mould
  • Kaolin
  • Water
  • Kiln
  • Cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put your glass into a mortar.

  2. 2

    Use a pestle to grind the glass down to a fine powder.

  3. 3

    Pour the powder into a sifter so any large pieces are filtered out.

  4. 4

    Decide what colour you want your beads to be and pour that colour dye into the powder. Add one drop of dye at a time until you achieve the colour you want.

  5. 5

    Mix kaolin with water. The mixture should be equal parts kaolin and water, but how much you need depends on your bead mould.

  6. 6

    Coat the insides of your bead moulds with this kaolin mixture. This will help the beads come out easily.

  7. 7

    Pour the coloured powder into bead moulds.

  8. 8

    Put the moulds into a kiln for 20 minutes to an hour. The more beads or the lower the heat, the longer the moulds should stay in the kiln.

  9. 9

    When enough time has passed, take out the moulds and pop out your glass beads. Wipe off any kaolin left on the beads with a cloth.

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