- Arts and Design
Recycling that empty Bottle into a clock
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.
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.