Homemade flattened glass bottles

Written by sue stepp | 13/05/2017
Homemade flattened glass bottles
Recycle bottles by flattening them and creating artwork. (Getty Thinkstock)

Glass art is a beautiful way to decorate your home while recycling. You can use old wine, beer, vinegar or fizzy drink bottles to create your own flattened glass bottles to decorate your home. You can place wire hangers into the mouth of the bottle to allow you to hang it on the wall, or flatten a wine bottle to create a unique serving tray for cheese, butter or appetisers. Get creative and come up with more ways to use your recycled flattened glass bottles.

Things you need

  • Glass bottles

  • Copper wire

  • Parchment paper

  • Kiln

  • Kiln wash

  • Paintbrush

Remove all paper labels from your bottle, and wash it thoroughly. Allow it to dry overnight before flattening.

Paint the shelf in the kiln with a coating of kiln wash, so that the glass will not fuse to the kiln.

Place the bottle on the shelf, and close the lid.

Turn the kiln onto its lowest setting for one hour.

Turn the kiln to medium for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes. the temperature in the kiln is between 425 to 535 degrees C (800 F to 1000 F).

Turn the kiln to high for 30 to 45 minutes. When the kiln is on high for 30 to 45 minutes, the temperature in the kiln is between 650 to 815 degrees C (1200 to 1500 F).

Turn off the kiln, and allow it to cool overnight. Do not open the kiln until morning. Once it's cool, your flattened bottle is ready for use.

Warnings

  • Make sure you remove all paper from the bottles before baking because paper ignites at 230 degrees C (450 F), and you don't want to have a fire in your oven. Glass can explode when heated improperly, so make sure you heat it slowly. It needs to be cooled the same way or it will break.

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