Recycling Glass Bottles
Much of the glass we throw out is not recycled, because different glass has different melting points and recyclers only melt the most common containers.

recycled glass bottles
recycled glass bottles
Hanging window composed of serving plates, wine bottle bottoms, stemware bottoms and faceted stained glass jewels. The background is a variety of textured handblown glass and the border is composed of several different patterns of pale lavender Depression glass serving plates. Daniel Maher Stained Glass, Somerville, MA. Restoration and custom work.

recycled glass bottles
recycled glass bottles
The window is comprised of highly textured bottle, vase, serving plate and stemware bottoms along with a variety of antique pressed glass jewels and objects. The background is a variety of clear textured glasses and the border is composed of pale lavender "Depression Glass" plates. 26" x 25", $3,000. Daniel Maher Stained Glass, Somerville, MA. Restoration and custom work.

recycled glass bottle window
recycled glass bottles
This "Green Bottoms" window is installed in a home on Simmons Island, GA. To personalize the window, the client requested the inclusion of "sea glass" they found at the local beach. The addition of greenish blue plate fragments and jewels in the border give the window's color range an ocean feel. Daniel Maher Stained Glass, Somerville, MA.

recycled glass bottle window
recycled glass bottles
Several medicine bottle remnants are blended into more typical food themes in this Massachusetts' kitchen window. The medicine bottles refer to this couples' careers in the health provider industry. The window is installed in a door that blocks the view of a brightly lit mud room. Daniel Maher Stained Glass. Somerville, MA.

recycled stained glass

Bottle bottoms and more... "Each panel contains vintage/antique glass from chandeliers, lamp parts, you name it.  I am always scouring the antique stores and flea markets.  I then foil each and every piece with copper foil and solder the panel on both sides.  I use old window frames that I've also collected and replace the glass with the artwork I create." By Alison Fox:

recycled glass bottles

Glass palette
Alison sells work in numerous shows throughout the central states, check her website for show schedules.

recycled stain glass

Glass Bottle and Dish Tree by
Alison Fox, Illinois.

glass bottle art

Green Bottle Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah.

glass bottle art

Bottle Bottom Transom by Nikki Root.

recycled glass bottles

Mixed Bottle and Plate Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah.

recycled glass art

Mixed Bottle and Plate Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah.

recycled glass art

Recycled glass panels
By Kent Sandy Larsen

Recycled glass art

Recycled milk bottoms.
By Kent Sandy Larsen

Recycled glass art

Three dimensional recycled glass window, 47 x 14"
"The sharp edges of the glass are ground down, copper foil is wrapped around the ground edges, and then the pieces are fit together and soldered. After the bulging form is designed and soldered, the window is anchored into the frame, flipped over, and the glass is built out and soldered in the opposite way to give it the undulating surface.Installed in Joshua Tree, CA. By Kent Sandy Larsen.

recycled glass art

Recycled bottle bottoms, glass beads, sanded glass pieces and decorative glass pieces glued with E600 craft glue onto an old single pane window. By Teena Stewart.

recycled glass art

Recycled bottle bottoms, glass beads, sanded glass pieces and decorative glass pieces glued with E600 craft glue onto an old window. By Teena Stewart.

recycled glass art

Mosaic, 'light box' table, with 'St Peters organic Ale, kiln fused, green bottles, 61cm wide. Antique, up-cycled wood table & recycled glass panel inlay, four LED strip lights, illuminate the Central panel and gems around the edge, very effective at night, magical!! By Nikki Ella Whitlock.

recycled glass art

Recycled glass bottles and traditional stained glass form a four foot rose window. By Justin Tyner, Philadelphia.

recycled glass art

Stained glass bottle tree.

recycled glass bottle window

recycled glass bottles
Old Bottles #2, 1992
Bottles, brass, 25"h x 20"w
By John Bassett,


recycled glass window
recycled glass bottles
Three Stalks, 1981.
Glass, brass, 15"h x 18"w
By John Bassett

recycled glass bottles

Melted glass bottles by Erwin Timmers.

recycled glass lamps

Recycled glass lamps (note the upside down wine bottles) by Whimsical Wonders: Darla Murray and Bridget Smith via:

glass bottle border

Glass Bottle Border at the Mano Poderosa Jardin.
Image by Dee Kincke.

bottles in garden

Glass Bottle Border in garden! More pictures here:

recycled glass bottle

Beer Bottle Walkway
by pammiejoandfriends, Kansas.
750 bottles created 15 feet of path.

recycled glass bottles

Hanging glass bottle flower vases. Super wedding decoration idea. See:

recycled glass

"Relite" lamp shades made from recycled glass, stained glass and or, fused glass.
The glass is broken up and put in a rock tumbler and/or kiln to get the effect.
Light blubs are CFL or LED. $35 - $90.

recycled glass lamps

'Relite' recycled glass lamp shades on reuse bases.

recycled glass lamps

Close-up of a Berrie 'Relite' - Love it!

recycled glass bottles
recycled glass bottles
Manuel Rapoport has built a house in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina with 100% recycled ingredients. Tin cans for roofing and siding and merged whiskey bottles as windows.

recycled glass lamp

Recycled hanging glass lamp by Wolf Art Glass & Pottery,
Austin, Texas:
Etsy: $545.

recycled glass bottles

'Recycled Wine Bottle' Appetizer Trays  $25.00  © 2009, Aaron Tafoya will make you any custom glass item.

recycled glass bottles

Angle Cabinet Institute



Video showing how to make bottle cheese plates:
The bottles are carefully put in a kiln, slowly heated to temperatures around 1400 degrees, cooled, and turned into cheese boards, spoon rests, etc. See the process here:

Video showing how to make a Glass Cup from a bottle:
Although the video maker used a torch and electric grinder, you can do it with just a glass scorer and sandpaper.

Glass Bottle Lamps. How to:


 "Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass" by Cindy Ann Coldiron, Schiffer Books, 2011, features 40 artists and 125 sculptures in an exploration of the use of recycled glass as a medium for sculpture and creative design.

Recycling glass vs making glass from scratch:

Glass recycling turns used glass products back into "new" glass products. By some estimates, recycling glass uses 40% less energy than creating new glass from silica sand, lime and soda ash. Recycled glass also creates about 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution.

Glass recycling is a much more efficient process than plastic recycling, since plastics are usually "downcycled" into a lower-quality form of plastic. Plastic water bottles, for example, cannot be recycled into new plastic bottles, but glass containers can be recycled indefinitely into new glass containers.

When glass is recycled, it is cleaned and separated by color. All other items, including plastic and metal caps, are also removed. Recycled glass is then crushed into a mixture called cullet, which is then sold back to glass manufacturing facilities.

  • Recycling glass:
    Saves raw materials - Over a ton of natural resources are conserved for every ton of glass recycled. Cuts CO2 emissions - For every six tons of recycled container glass used, a ton of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is reduced. From:

Glass that is not recyclable:

Window glass, mirrors, glass cups or tumblers, ceramic, Pyrex, colored glass (other than green and the amber that beer bottles usually are), light bulbs (hardware stores may take light bulbs), windows and windshields, aren't generally accepted by  local recycling centers. That's because these different glass products have a different melting point from container glass, so that your local recycling center may not recycle them. Yet, some recycling centers send their glass to cement producers, where the glass is crushed and used as filler in cement products. One needs to contact one's local recycling center to find out what kind of glass it recycles.

For more see Glass Bottle


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