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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. www.dmstainedglass.com


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. www.dmstainedglass.com


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. www.dmstainedglass.com


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. www.dmstainedglass.com


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: alisonsstainedglass.com


recycled glass bottles

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


recycled stain glass

Glass Bottle and Dish Tree by
Alison Fox, Illinois. alisonsstainedglass.com



glass bottle art

Green Bottle Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah.
customglassbynikki.daportfolio.com


glass bottle art

Bottle Bottom Transom by Nikki Root.
customglassbynikki.daportfolio.com


recycled glass bottles

Mixed Bottle and Plate Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah.
customglassbynikki.daportfolio.com


recycled glass art

Mixed Bottle and Plate Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah.
customglassbynikki.daportfolio.com


recycled glass art

Recycled glass panels
By Kent Sandy Larsen
earofthewind.com


Recycled glass art

Recycled milk bottoms.
By Kent Sandy Larsen
earofthewind.com


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. earofthewind.com



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. serendipitini.blogspot.com


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. serendipitini.blogspot.com


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. www.nikki-ella-whitlock.co.uk


recycled glass art

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



recycled glass art

Stained glass bottle tree.
www.unkdesigns.com


recycled glass bottle window

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

 

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



recycled glass bottles

Melted glass bottles by Erwin Timmers. www.ecoglassart.com



recycled glass lamps

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



glass bottle border

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


bottles in garden

Glass Bottle Border in garden! More pictures here: thegreenbacksgal.com


recycled glass bottle

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


recycled glass bottles

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


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. www.berriecreative.com



recycled glass lamps

'Relite' recycled glass lamp shades on reuse bases.
www.berriecreative.com



recycled glass lamps

Close-up of a Berrie 'Relite' - Love it!
www.facebook.com/berriecreative



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. www.designopatagonia.com.ar



recycled glass lamp

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


recycled glass bottles

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



recycled glass bottles

Angle Cabinet Institute

 



Videos:

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. www.glassbyerica.com See the process here: www.youtube.com


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. www.youtube.com


Glass Bottle Lamps. How to: www.instructables.com


Books:

 "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. www.amazon.com



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: gpi.org



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 Wallsinspirationgreen.com/glassbottlewalls

  and

Recycled Glass Artwww.inspirationgreen.com/recycled-glass-art
 

 



 
 

 

 

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Michelle Olson
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Purchase
Reply #30 on : Wed January 29, 2014, 08:35:51
How can we purchase some of these? In particular the pallette? Love your work just so inspiring and beautiful!!
Jim
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Beautiful Art
Reply #29 on : Sun December 29, 2013, 06:59:49
I just love the idea. Such beautiful work!!! Can someone tell me how you get glass to adhere to glass without turning yellow. I would greatly appreciate any help.
Michele
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Wonderful!
Reply #28 on : Wed December 04, 2013, 07:35:58
I love this idea! It's a great use of discarded glass!
Rosemary
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Re: Recycled Glass Bottles
Reply #27 on : Fri November 01, 2013, 08:25:09
Just amazing!
Barbara Henning
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Amazing
Reply #26 on : Tue October 29, 2013, 08:51:12
To think these totally beautiful works of art could have never materialized had no one had a vision.
christelle
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i love this
Reply #25 on : Fri August 30, 2013, 05:49:54
I love this.
Karl B. Hensel ll
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Beautiful!
Reply #24 on : Fri August 16, 2013, 03:23:56
My father age 80 use to do a little stained glass. I believe I may try it. Do you appreciate your work as much as your admiring public do?
Alan
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Recycled Glass Bottles
Reply #23 on : Thu July 18, 2013, 05:17:30
Bottle Alley Glass upcycles pre and post consumer waste glass bottles into solid surfaces.
Check out website and Facebook page for more information
Norin
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Love this art
Reply #22 on : Sat July 06, 2013, 23:31:15
I am currently learning to cut glass and dable with projects. I can Really appreciate your art work. Thank you , Norin
penny
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love love love
Reply #21 on : Tue July 02, 2013, 00:42:49
i think green all the time and make new from old. will be organizing a arts and crafts festival at touchstone art camp in 2014.. the camp is beautiful nestled in the mountains of pa, come join us.
Anonymous
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Re: Recycled Glass Bottles
Reply #20 on : Thu March 14, 2013, 22:39:55
Very inspiring, creative, and excellent use of recycled materials!
Azel Beckner
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Recycle Glass Great Idea
Reply #19 on : Fri March 08, 2013, 10:18:37
Useing the bottles to make glasses with a peice of oild string tied arround them and then lit to cut the bottle off at the middle. Polish the edge with sand paper to prvent cutting of the lips.
PATRIZIA PEDRETTI
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MERAVIGLIOSI
Reply #18 on : Thu March 07, 2013, 07:31:07
veramente splendidi, e' una goduria per gli occhi e per l'anima
peggy
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glass class
Reply #17 on : Sat March 02, 2013, 10:21:33
By chance is there a class teaching this technique in So. California?
renee schneider
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Glass art
Reply #16 on : Tue January 22, 2013, 12:24:03
I am so very inspired by the wonderful pieces created in this sight. I especially love the pieces done with candy jar lids. Does anyone offer workshops or classes? Awe Inspiring work. You are now on my favorites spot. Thanks for the beauty. Renee
Ruth Ann Anderson
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Challenger to friends
Reply #15 on : Sun January 13, 2013, 00:24:33
I have challenged several friends to select one of recycled glass projects for their own enjoyment ,creativity,and ALSO for the recycling purpose.
I will be doing mine when we relocate to Florida from Texas by March.
I am thrilled to have found this website.
Anonymous
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Re: Recycled Glass Bottles
Reply #14 on : Mon December 31, 2012, 11:51:53
Beautiful things can be done with things considered just good for land fill!
Patsy
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Recycled glass
Reply #13 on : Wed October 10, 2012, 13:56:10
There is a tore called GO GREEN in Ann Arbor, mich., that sells countertops made from recycled glass. My favorite is Cubist-made from recycled windshields, shower doors and other clear glass.
Italia Juana Cuomo
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reciclados
Reply #12 on : Sat August 18, 2012, 07:52:48
Todo lo que se refiera a reciclados de todo tipo!!
Marci
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Re: Recycled Glass Bottles
Reply #11 on : Fri July 27, 2012, 22:27:02
How do you harvest just the bottom of bottles and especially textured drinking glasses? Would a wet band saw do it? Or a wet tile saw?
Deborah
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Attaching glass to glass, ect.
Reply #10 on : Thu June 07, 2012, 10:11:54
How do you attach glass to glass, or a pole, ect?
Enid Miranda
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Inspiration green.com website
Reply #9 on : Tue May 01, 2012, 10:16:31
As an artist who uses recycled materials, I loved this site!!
Joanne Branagan
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Your art
Reply #8 on : Thu April 05, 2012, 16:56:11
You are PHENOMENAL. Your work is AMAZING!!
Such beauty you create with the talent God gave you.
Wish I could afford one of your pieces.
Maybe one of these days.
I am inspired!!
Sincerely & with much admiration,
Joanne
Della Badart
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Amazing recycling
Reply #7 on : Wed March 07, 2012, 21:23:47
That was a wonderful assortment of recycled glass. With a little imaginatin we can do a lot. Thanks
Badartworld.com
Cheryl
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Re: Recycled Glass Bottles
Reply #6 on : Mon February 27, 2012, 10:59:14
So beautiful! It really inspires me to continue on further with my stained glass hobby.
Maddy Davies
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Glass
Reply #5 on : Mon February 20, 2012, 13:18:44
Inspiring and beautiful.xx
Sabine
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Recycled Glass Bottles
Reply #4 on : Thu February 02, 2012, 13:45:08
Stunning art pieces!
Cat Peters
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Re: Recycled Glass Bottles
Reply #3 on : Tue January 31, 2012, 12:06:11
Absolutely beautiful!
Sharon
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Glass Recycling
Reply #2 on : Tue January 31, 2012, 09:54:15
Inspiring for my own glass-work. The collection of topics on your website always takes me down a road that inspires in ways I never expected. I leave refreshed, inspired and hopeful. Thanks for the posts!
Sara
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glass art
Reply #1 on : Mon January 30, 2012, 19:38:40
Exciting, ingenious, beautiful, intelligent.
 
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