This blog is where I talk about my three passions: Glass, Gardening, and my Straw Bale Home. I have a front yard edible garden where we produce a lot of our family's food, I am a recycled glass artist, and I am building a straw bale house. "All of Green Glass" is both about the recycled (green) glass, the (green) garden, and the (green) house.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Bottle Bottom Boxes
The first Bottom Bottle Box
Made from a couple of Whole Foods spice jars
I received a case of empty Bombay Sapphire Gin sample bottles. Probably the kind you might find in hotels and airlines. They are tiny. They are too small to melt for stained glass, so I decided to slice them up into little square rings to be melted for jewelry. After slicing several bottles up, I had a stack of left-over bottle bottoms. I took them inside and told my wife that we should try and come up with something to do with them. I left the stack of bottle bottoms on the table and went back out to the shop for a minute. When I got back, guess what, the kids had found them and started to play with them (doesn’t that always happen?) What they were doing was making little boxes out of them by placing one on top of another upside down. With a little experimentation, the Bottle Bottom Box was born.
Frosted glass adds a nice touch
I am still having a hard time with the hinges. There are no hinges in the stores small enough to work on the boxes, so I am making my own with old copper wire that was pulled out of a remodel job. They work fine, but I’m still experimenting with them. Right now I am trying several different bottle sizes and styles to see what people like. I have already given away a couple as birthday presents. I’m sure I’ll be making many more of these in the future.