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Flattened bottles- or what I do with the empties

Updated on May 28, 2014

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

Customers champagne bottle from their wedding
Customers champagne bottle from their wedding

Bespoke bottles

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.

Jane"

Custom framed bottle - do you have a special bottle you would like framed?

Framed special occaision bottle
Framed special occaision bottle

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

Custom bottle dish
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

flat bottle message board
flat bottle message board

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.

Flat bottle makes Etsy front page
Flat bottle makes Etsy 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

www.etsy.com/shop/kilnfiredart

Slumped wine bottle
Slumped wine bottle

Drunken bottles

If you would like to see my experiments with making drunken bottles click on the image

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      27455 2 months ago

      I have some bottles I love so am wondering what r ur prices to flatten them for me?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am having trouble removing the label from the Sapphire Gin bottle, any suggestions please.

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      baseballchris46 4 years ago

      I would love to learn how to do this myself

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      Interesting idea. Awesome lens.

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      AlexiaLynn 5 years ago

      awesome lens!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      You are so very creative, an awesome 1st Lens; I had to share it with all my social media people.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Now I need to buy a kiln! :) I love reusing items that you would otherwise toss or recycle.

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      chrisqw 5 years ago

      Great fun lens, and very useful. Thanks!

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      WooHue 5 years ago

      It looks like a lot of fun to do!

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      ldgraham 5 years ago

      As a new member to Squidoo, the content in your articles are still amazing to me! I love the work you are doing, and enjoyed your ideas very much! I had never before thought about the use for empty bottles. Thank goodness there are people like you here!!!

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      Great job telling and showing the step of slumping wine bottles.

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      WooHue 6 years ago

      I always wondered how this work was done! Thanks for satin my curiosity. :)

      Lisa from WooHue

      www.woohue.com

      woohue.etsy.com

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      Brilliant indeed!

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      eganj1 6 years ago

      @jlshernandez: Thanks for the feedback everyone. Bakerwoman i have just uploaded a custom bottle dish that came out of the kiln yesterday. It had screen printed labels so i could fire those on but notmally i have to remove the labels then put them back on the bottle after firing.

      i have some bling bottle dishes to add to my Etsy now :-)

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I see some slumped bottles being sold as cheese boards in stores but did not know how these were made. Stumbling upon this lens enlightened me today. I reallly like the idea of slumping souvenir bottles from weddings, anniversaries, etc. Do you put the labels back after firing in the kiln? Thanks for sharing creative side. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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      dogface lm 6 years ago

      Interesting, looks good.

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      Judy Filarecki 6 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Fun article to read and interesting concept of recycling. Great job being on the front page of ETSY. Taking a picture of it was a smart idea so you have it forever.

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      KitzbitzArtGlass 6 years ago

      I love your slumped bottles Jill, congrats on the Etsy front page, well deserved xx

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I live in Colorado - you could carefully soak the label off of the bottle or use a heat gun to remove it (it's difficult to remove the labels in one piece) then send the bottle to me and I'd melt it for you and send it back. I know this is a late reply - I was just looking and saw your post.

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      eganj1 6 years ago

      I know what you mean, i have empties all over the place, my builder asked if i was a secret drinker, not so secret as they are easy to find stashed all over. I'm like purpleslug I get them from a bar. i do like an occasional glass of wine though

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      Wow, what a great idea. I have a whole box of bottles in the garage. Wish I could give them to you. (I was collecting them but now we are getting rid of everything to move into an RV). Thanks for visiting my Copper Enameling lens.

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      purpleslug 6 years ago

      Great lens! I have a friend that has a bar, so I am lucky enough to get all the bottles I can use and slump them. Quite fun!

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      eganj1 7 years ago

      Kay you can't fire the labels unless they are the screen printed type like Wild Goose, paper labels just burn away to ash that will mess up the bottle

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You mention how to slump a wine bottle after removing the label/glue but not how to do one with the label included...does anyone know of someone in SW Ohio that can slump a special wine bottle for me as a gift to someone?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What I was interested in doing was stretching the neck of a bottle. This used to be a big thing in the '60s or 70's where you could pop a pop bottle in your oven and then stretch it into a goofy shape and fill it with colored water. Anyone remember this? Or have the instructions?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Jill,

      I'm an Artist based in Ireland and I want to start slumping wine bottles etc - could you please advise me on what kiln you use (the hexagonal one) and where I can get one.

      Warmest regards

      Joy

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Have you ever flattened a coca-cola or pepsi bottle? anything with a painted design? and have you ever tried to redo a glass dish that is broken... Reinvent it so to speak.????

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      HI

      I have a kiln and want to flatten some bottles.Do I heat to 800*c ?Then cool overnight.

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      eganj1 9 years ago

      Hi Jackie,

      yes you can flatten more than one bottle at a time

      Jill

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      HI, I have bottles I want to flatten. Can I flatten more than one at a time in a kiln?

      Jackie

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      eganj1 9 years ago

      Hi Ryan I'm in England so it might be difficult ...I have a lot of friends in the USA so I'll ask if anyone can flatten your bottle for you

      regards

      Jill

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hi, my father in-law is looking to get a yukon jack bottle flattened, so i thought it would be a great gift i could get for him for his birthday, this fall. however i am having trouble finding someone to do this, I don't know where your located, but id be willing to send the bottle to you. or if you know somewhere in New Jersey that does that. any help or tips you have would be greatfull, my email is buf83@hotmail.com thanks!

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      eganj1 9 years ago

      Hi Leslie

      Thanks for your comments, I've just come back from holiday and have a lot to catch up on but I'll see what I can do

      Jill

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      This is a good start to your lens. But I'd like to see more of your work and learn more about it and you. More pictures and text please!