- Arts and Design
Flattened bottles- or what I do with the empties
Slumped glass bottles- or what I do with the empties
The party is over so what do I do with the empties? First let me tell you about myself as this is my first squidoo.
My name is Jill Egan, I'm an artist, I work in lots of media such as overglaze painting, or china painting as it's often called, watercolours and glass slumping and fusing and jewellery making.
I thought it would be fun to show you how I recycle glass bottles using my kiln. If you want to see some more bottles visit my Etsy store www.etsy.com/shop/KilnFiredArt
Squashed bottles- no I didn't sit on them
Being an artist/ artisan, and someone who likes to recycle (and have the odd tipple in an evening) I found a great way to recycle empty wine and gin bottles, no I didn't sit on them, as someone at a craft fair suggested. I slump them in my kiln. They make great spoon rests, cheese boards, or they can be used for slicing lemons for that G&T.
Friends love them and they are always a talking point so they make great gifts for the host when invited to dinner parties
How do I slump a bottle?
First of all you need to drink the contents of the bottle. I know this is such a chore!
Then you wash the bottle and remove the labels and all traces of glue residue needs to be removed. Then dry the bottles in the oven.
Then I lay the bottles on the prepared shelves in my kiln.
The temperature 's rising!!!
The firing cycle takes many hours, the kiln is gradually heated to around 800C to melt the bottles. The glass is annealed which takes the stress out of the glass and helps prevent the bottles shattering
The next day
The kiln is left to cool overnight. Not until you open it the next morning do you know if the bottle slumping has been a success or if the kiln gremlins have been up to their mischief
Weddings and special occaision bottles
I also slump customers own bottles.
If you live in the Uk and would like me to slump your bottle then please go to my website
www.flat-bottles.co.uk and use the 'contact us' page to get in touch
My customer said:
"I've received my bottle. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much for all your help.
Custom framed bottle - do you have a special bottle you would like framed?
If you have a bottle from a special occasion in your life, I can flatten it and frame it for you (UK mainland only)
Screen printed bottles - A custom bottle dish
A customer sent me a rather nice screen printed whisky bottle to be made into a dish. It has screen printed labels, this is a bit of a worry when firing as you are never sure if they will burn off or they are able to withstand the high temperatures. So far so good, this one worked. i think it make a rather attractive nut dish.
grey Goose is one that works really well.
Message on a bottle - something new from Kiln Fired Art on Etsy
Here's my new flat bottle notice board, complete with notebook and pen, every kitchen should have one.
These bottles are now for sale in my Etsy shop, click on the image to go to my shop
My flat bottle cheeseboard made Etsy's front page.
I recently opened an Etsy shop to sell my work including flattened bottles.
Imagine my surprise to see my flat bottle cheeseboard on the Etsy UK front page.
This is the treasury ' In the kitchen' made by LittleMissPoppet
To go to Kiln Fired Art on Etsy and see what I have for sale in my shop click the link below.
I've recently listed some bling bottle cheese boards
If you would like to see my experiments with making drunken bottles click on the image