Friday, May 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Rolling Bay BARN
FEE:$20 to slump a bottle and join us for cheese and sparkling wine (payable upon entry to event)
Bottles, Bubbly, and Brie
Bring your favorite bottle (wine, champaign, or other), and the BARN Glass Studio will slump it flat for you. You can, then, use it as a spoon rest, cheese tray, or wall decor, forever displaying that "treasured" bottle from a special event or that unique liqueur bottle with an etched image.
Better yet, when you bring your empty bottle (thoroughly washed with all paper and plastic removed. See below.), you may join us for a bit of cheese and sparkling wine.
Plain bottles work great in the kiln. Etched and painted bottles also work. The images remain. Paper labels and any plastic must be removed on all bottles. Paper will not survive firing. Some newer bottles are not painted. Rather, what appears to be paint is a plastic substance that will not remain after firing. Grey Goose Vodka bottles are examples of painted bottles that survive firing.
You may get another or more bottles slumped for $5.
Cleaning Your Bottles
Soak the bottles in hot, soapy water and scrub the exterior clean. Scrape off and remove paper label and plastic. Make sure all adhesive and glue are off the bottle.
How to Preserve the Label
If you want to keep the label, we can show you how to affix it to the bottle after firing. Here is how to preserve a label.
Soak the bottle in boiling water for 15 minutes. If wished, you can purchase a chlorinated soap from a store that carries wine-making equipment and add a little of this following the instructions. This will help to dissolve the glue.
Remove the bottle from the water. Gently peel the label off the bottle.
Dry the label. Face it glue-side upwards on a clean surface to dry; facing it upwards will make sure that it doesn't stick to anything else as it dries. Alternatively, place it glue-side down on a sheet of fine white paper and cut around the paper after the glue of the label has re-stuck to the paper. The method that you use will depend on how you wish to store and display your wine labels; the latter method has the advantage of strengthening the label but is probably not as collectible as keeping it free of paper.
Try using the oven for removing harder labels. When a label just won't budge, try the oven method. Place the bottle into an oven at 250ºC/475ºF for about 10 minutes.
Remove the bottle from the oven. Wear good oven mitts to handle the hot bottle!
Remove the label. With the help of a knife or a razor blade, delicately lift up one corner of the label and carefully peel back. Pull it gently and evenly.
Be warned. Some labels just will not come off nicely.
Future Optional Class
As an add-on event, we will have a sign-up list for a class you may choose to take later. This class is where you can learn to put wire and glass decor on your bottle to make it even more outstanding.