Lauren DiSanza

Lauren DiSanza

Lauren grew up surrounded by arts and crafts in sunny Florida. Her mother, who dabbles in everything from painting to storytelling, has always been her biggest source of inspiration. When Lauren was a child, she remembers mimicking her mother as she would draw, paint and create. As she got older, she started dabbling in ceramics and oil pastels and fell in love with it all. At the same time, her mother discovered stained glass mosaics and lampworking. As a teenager, determined to be as opposite from her mother as possible, Lauren steered clear of glass arts, but still loved to watch her mom work. Little did she know, her aversion would become her delight! She landed the best job a creative nut could get – “product developing guinea pig” for one of the largest manufacturers of glass crafting products in the world. So she spends her days fusing, lampworking, mosaicking, upcycling and blogging about her adventure. Her work has been featured in several popular craft magazines and in the Diamond Tech Creative Corner. Look for more inspiring posts from Lauren, here on Delphi's blog!  

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7 Tips to Ease Bottle Separation Anxiety

Perhaps you've had a bad experience with bottle cutting in the past. Or perhaps you've never tried it because the process seems too daunting. Fret no more. Dr. Lauren (I’m not really a doctor, I just play one in this blog) is in the house. Here are my 7 recommendations for relieving bottle cutter seperation anxiety. 1. Practice good bottle hygiene. Make sure that you remove the entire label from the bottle you want to cut. Even the smallest amount of sticky residue will interfere with the scoring process. We recommend using rubbing alcohol to get most labels off, but if you have a really stubborn label try nail polish remover with acetone. 2. Always keep your cutting wheel oiled – this is a big one. The better you oil the wheel, the smoother your cut will be – a lot of the separation issues I hear about are quickly resolved when the wheel is oiled – bonus - the more you oil the wheel the longer the blade will last! 3. Remove stress. Remember a good cut doesn’t require a lot of pressure. Most people think that the bottle will separate much better with a deep cut, but that is the opposite of what will happen. When

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