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Recycling that empty Bottle into a clock

Updated on July 23, 2011

Wine bottle pendulum clock

Welcome, this lens is about recycling that empty wine bottle, and turning it into something fun as well as useful. They look great in the kitchen as well as making a unique handmade gift for the wine connoisseur.

I use a quarts clock mechanism that takes 1 AA battery included and keeps perfect time as well as being very quiet, there is also a 3 year guarantee on the mechanism.

preparing the bottle

First of all soak the bottle so the labels can be removed, you must also make shore that there is no glue left on the bottle from the labels as this will put imperfections in the glass when it is fired in the kiln.

Slumping your bottle

Once the bottle is totally clean and dry place it in the kiln, ready for slumping it flat. Once in the kiln it will take about 10 hours after which you should now have a nice flat wine bottle.

If you don't have your own kiln there will be one somewhere in your neighborhood that you can rent, usually the art glass supplier has a couple that you can rent for the day. They will slump your bottle or bottles for you depending on their kiln size for about 10/20 dollars or there about.

Drilling that 10mm hole

The fun part :)

Now the fun part, I have broken lots of bottles doing this part of the process, the trick is to take your time you carnet force it. Remember it's not wood or brick its glass and it's unforgiving, it's a good idea to were the good old eye protectors for this part.

Measure the center of the bottle and drill a 10mm hole to accommodate the clock mechanism, once you have attached the clock push on the hands

Making the pendulum

Now I make the pendulum out of glass, I cut out the wine glass shape I want then I cut a slightly smaller bowl of the glass but in red. It is then placed in the kiln and fully fused, once cool I epoxy the metal hanger to the wine glass pendulum so that it hooks onto the clock mechanism.

Finishing touches

This part is optional, if you like your clock with numbers you can get good quality stick on numbers from a well stocked hobby shop, or failing that eBay has a good selection. I find that 10mm size numbers are just right, that's about it, put in the battery hang the pendulum on its hanger, and put it up.

So what's the time? I would say it's time to open another bottle of your favorite wine sit back put your feet up and admire your handy work. Have fun.

That special day

Just got engaged/married or someone you know having a christening or a house worming?. Most people keep that one special bottle, and what ends up happening to it? It usually ends up in the loft or under the stairs collecting dust.

So why not send me the sham pain/wine bottle, and I will turn it into a clock that will have that sentimental value for ever.

Whats your tipple ?

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      Wedding Mom 

      7 years ago

      What a beauty! I love those clocks, I think they are a cleaver way to recycle! Terrific lens!do post more great ideas for recycling!

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      7 years ago from USA

      Hi Paul, I have been wanting to make art from glass bottles, but I didn't know how to slump them. Thank you so much for the instructions! You make the process look really easy, but I bet it takes a lot of practice! What a great way to recycle wine and other bottles.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      7 years ago

      This is fabulous! Great step-by-step how to. April Fool's blessings today, and featured on Blessed by Tandemonimom!

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      I really like items and gifts made from recycled objects. This combines the green concept with an artistic process - very nice. Thank you for sharing the instructions and source for the kiln.

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      7 years ago

      Great idea! and a perfect way to reuse a wine bottle. Just in time for holiday presents :)

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      xiaohuaz lm 

      7 years ago

      That's a very cool idea:)

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      7 years ago

      I always wondered exactly how they got the wine bottles flat.... now I know. I think this is a fun unusual gift that a wine lover would love!

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      Barbara Isbill 

      7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      What a fantastic idea!

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      admiralglass lm 

      8 years ago

      @Cyberspace LM: Thank you Cyberspace, yea no problem just send me the bottle and I will make you one :)

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic idea. Thans for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Very ingenious! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Cyberspace LM 

      8 years ago

      What a great idea! My friend is getting married in few weeks time. So would it be possible you to turn a champagne bottle from the wedding (going to steal oneï) to bottle clock? I think that would make very special gift and it would be nice keep sake from the wedding.

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      nukemdomis lm 

      8 years ago

      I never even thought about recycling a wine bottle. Nice information!


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