How to Recycle Glass Bottles – Glass Art

With the aid of a bottle cutter many beautiful objects for use around the home can be made from recycled glass bottles. With the right equipment bottles are easy to cut and reuse. It is amazing the number of different items that can be made by utilising the inherent beauty that is locked up in this waste glass.

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Some suggestions are: drinking mugs and glasses, flower vases photo holders, terrariums, bell bottles, tableware, wind chimes, sun catchers , sand art, art jewellery such as earrings, pendants and so much more.

The 3 easy steps to cutting glass bottles and jars are :

(1) Score-Rotate the bottle or jar on the cutter to create a score line.
(2) Separate- Use hot or cold water to separate the bottle or jar at the score.
(3) Polish Edges- Using emery paper, smooth the cut edges.

Bottles come in all shapes, colours and sizes. Some are thin and difficult to work with and not strong enough to be used in a finished product. Avoid this type of bottle. Wine bottles are both easy to cut and make beautiful finished products. Most pickle, sauce and condiment jars are an excellent choice.

For added decoration glass paints are available. Clean the glass using dishwashing liquid and water. Wipe dry and before painting clean the glass with methylated spirits or denatured alcohol.

For permanence many glass paints require baking in your oven. Just follow manufacturers recommendations if required.

Glass slumping is another useful technique to give glass a completely new shape and look. A kiln and moulds are required for the slumping of glass.

Two glass cutters are available.

G2 Generation Green Bottle Cutter
Ephrem’s Bottle and Jar Cutter

With the G2 bottle cutter you can :

* Cut wide- mouth jars and bottles up to 5 gallons
* Remove the glass cutter for straight cuts in glass
* Have good cutter control, taking less pressure to make a good score.

The Ephrem’s Bottle and Glass Cutter is a little more versatile.

The Kit contains

*Sturdy metal bottle cutter
*Candle
* Polishing paper
* Polishing compound
* Instructions and project ideas.

You can recycle bottles and create functional art at the same time. Simply place a bottle or jar in the jig and spin. The results will amaze you with clean breaks almost every time. Even thick champagne bottles break easily and smoothly.

To help with ideas we have imported Cindy Shepard’s book “Bottle Art” which is packed with ideas for exciting new projects, a must have for those interested in Bottle Art.

Stan Alderson
© 2013 Aldax Enterprises Pty Ltd

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