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Old 02-27-2003, 01:07 AM
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Wink Glass Stoppers for Glass Vessels Tutorial

Thought this may help others working on perfecting stoppers...
The glass I am using is Bullseye...
Hope the pics help!!
I use a 1/8 inch mandrel for my vessels. So when you start out with the glass ball just about the size of a pea, all you have to do is trim the length to fit...A guaranteed fit every time!

Begin by heating a ball to the end of you rod...

With flame in rear, begin turning so ball begind to drop...

Here she goes!!!

I had to readjust for the cam, normally it falls straight all the way down....

Cool till you can cut with nippers to length for vessel.

Heal the end very lightly to round out sharp area.

Here it is! perfectly straight every time and nice and snug to boot!


Have fun with your vessels!!!!


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Kimiko, thanks so much for sharing this, I will have to give it a try next time I do a vessel!

Does the vessel topper stay in pretty good and still give enuf room in the actual vessel for some perfume?
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Kimiko,
Very well shown, and a great solution. Thank you!
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Plenty of room inside! I love to use essential oils in mine! Yummm
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Terrific. Thanks for the tutorial. I just rated this thead. Melanie, will you link it on your web site?
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What a lovely simple method, Kimiko.

Do you etch the bottom of the stopper to give it more 'tooth' or just leave it shiny?
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Etching I have found works great. I have noticed that some folks prefer the polished glass. Personal choice thing....but I do prefer etched myself...definitly more "tooth".....
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Thank you for sharing! One of those "so simple, why didn't I think of that?" ideas.

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Kimiko, Thank you for sharing...
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Thanks for the great tutorial.
For those of us more metrically minded, what is 1/8" in mm.
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For those who say size doesn't matter...lol
here you go Lynn ..1/8 inch in mm = 3.5mm
Thanks for being so kind...
hope you are all enjoying the thread

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Re: Glass Stoppers for Glass Vessels Tutorial

Thanks so much for this tut! I am completely in love with vessels, cant make enough of the buggers! And I had been wrecking my poor peasized brain as I do not like the idea of using cork!

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Re: Glass Stoppers for Glass Vessels Tutorial

Etching the bottom of the stopper!! What a fantastic idea. It's been a while since I've looked at Glass 101; glad I took this recent peek!
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Re: Glass Stoppers for Glass Vessels Tutorial

OH THANK YOU! *hugs* That is such a great solution for a stopper.
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Thank you very much Kimiko, i was wondering how to make these. I actually
made one by mistake and didnt even know, i was going to keep it for when i do make a vessel one day, cheers Stefc

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