Every tea or coffee enthusiast needs a convenient place to rest their spoon while preparing their warm beverage. Rather than a boring plate or paper towel, use a colorful mason jar to create your own one-of-a-kind spoon rest. It also makes a fantastic gift for cooks needing a place to rest their messy utensils. The best part? This spoon rest is dishwasher-safe so you can toss it in with your other dishes.
Things You'll Need
- Mason jar
Wine bottle kiln mold
- Electric glass kiln
- Heat-resistant gloves (optional)
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Step 1: Place Glass Jar on the Kiln Mold
Make sure your glass jar is free from any dirt or debris and gently place it on the wine bottle kiln mold, near the bottom. The mold will keep the glass bottle from melting completely flat, creating a concave center to rest your spoon.
Step 2: Place Jar and Mold in the Kiln
Make sure the kiln is turned off and completely cool. Carefully place the mold and jar in the electric kiln, and close and lock the kiln.
Step 3: Melt the Glass Jar in the Kiln
Set the kiln temperature to 1,450 degrees Fahrenheit and let the kiln slowly rise to that temperature. This may take a few hours depending on your kiln. Once the kiln has reached 1,450 degrees Fahrenheit, hold the kiln at that temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.
After 10 to 15 minutes, turn the kiln off, but do not open the door. Not only is opening the door extremely dangerous, but the rapid decrease in temperature will cause your melted glass to crack or shatter. Leave the glass in the kiln for a full 24 hours to ensure it is safe to open and the glass has had enough time to cool down completely.
Do not preheat the kiln. For your safety, the kiln must be completely cool when the bottle is placed inside.
Step 4: Remove Your New Spoon Rest from Kiln
After the glass bottle has cooled in the closed kiln for at least 24 hours, check the temperature gauge on the kiln to ensure it has cooled completely and then open the kiln door.
You can now remove your new spoon rest from the kiln and use it when cooking or preparing a warm cup of tea or coffee.
If your kiln does not have a temperature gauge, use heat-resistant gloves to remove the glass from the kiln.