Fusing with Bottle Glass

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterPin it on Pinterest

Bottles before the fusing starts

Learning to use bottle glass to produce glass art is a really great idea.  Not only because there are a ton of projects that can be made, but it’s fun!  Because bottles are relatively abundant, there’s less pressure to be perfect.  Being able to start over with minimal expense is a great way to get over the new project jitters and branch out.

At this point, I can’t imagine there is a person left on the planet that hasn’t seen ye olde flattened wine bottle…

Recycled Bottle Cheese TrayBut, there are SO many more things you can do with bottle glass!  Or even flattened bottles; here are some swanky recycled fused bottle glass house numbers.

Recycled Wine Bottle House Numbers

Or, for something spring-like, how about some wall vases?

Recycled Wine Bottle Wall VasesThese were made with the necks of wine bottles.  Or, how about a votive holder or 3?

Recycled Wine Bottle VotivesOr maybe some small jewelry or soap dishes?

Recycled Fused Bottle Glass DishesAnd even jewelry;

Recycled Bottle Glass BraceletGranted, all of these projects are small, and that’s okay.  But, with some testing and other tricky techniques, you can even make large pieces with fused bottle glass.

Recycled Blue Bottle Glass PlateThis fused bottle glass plate is made with a couple of large Skyy Vodka bottles.  Stay tuned, I’ll teach you the alternating glossy and matte stripes trick later in the month.

Fused Recycled Bottle Glass Plate with Kiln CarvingThis one is fused brown glass (beer bottles) with Kiln Carving detail on the back.  I hope some of these photos gave you ideas for your own projects. 

 If you enjoyed this post, you’ll LOVE my newsletter!  Sign up now and you won’t miss a thing.

We respect your email privacy

Email Marketing by AWeber

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterPin it on Pinterest

Related posts:

  1. Fusing a Martini Glass
  2. Stacking and Tack Fusing Recycled Glass Take 2
  3. Technical Question, Recycled Glass Compatibility
  4. Stacking and Tack Fusing Recycled Glass
  5. Technical Question, Bottle Cutting

I appreciate the reply.  Will try the tile saw.  I am going to use them for planters and have seen them around, just didn't know how they were done.  thanks for help.



I was wondering if you knew how to cut the sides out of a recycled wine bottle and how or what you would use to polish the glass edges.  Thanks for all the help.


Can you describe how you made the small jewelry or soap dishes?

Thanks so much. I enjoy your site!

Rose Mary


I slumped some bottles in the bottle molds and had several very sharp spurs on the edges.  I knocked them off with the grinder so now I need to fire polish.  Can you recommend a schedule to fire polish the bottles so that I don't lose the shape?


Thanks, K

GlassWithaPast moderator

 @vprice So, I'm thinking you want to cut the whole vertical side off the bottle, maybe to use it as a planter or something like that?  I would use a tile saw to cut the side off, then use diamond pads, or a grinder to polish the edges.  I tried doing this and fire polishing the edges, but the bottle collapsed into itself.


Let me know if that helped or brought up more questions.  Thanks for the comment!

GlassWithaPast moderator

 @RoseMaryFlint  Hi RoseMary;  Thanks for your comment, The small dishes are made by cutting a bottle into a cylinder, and then cutting the cylinder into rectangles, then cutting the rectangles down to an octagon and fusing it in a mold....and that makes very little sense, so I will add it to the tutorial list and try to get it online next week! 

GlassWithaPast moderator

 @kellbwm Hey Kelli;  I answered this question on a different post, did you see it?


  1. [...] 4.  Cut a regular 750 mL bottle the same height as the cut fiber paper pattern.  (this may be a unique to you size depending on what percentage you print the pattern at).  Clean the cut bottle and place the cylinder centered on the fiber pattern. [...]

  2. [...] use with recycled bottle glass and will fit a regular 750 mL bottle if printed at 100%.  Here is a tutorial about how to cut and calculate bottle glass for fusing if you need [...]

  3. [...] to fuse, but don’t know how much bottle glass you [...]

  4. [...] within 4.5″ (11.4 cm) wide because that’s how wide a regular wine bottle is when you melt it flat.  The patterns can be printed at different % for larger or smaller [...]

  5. [...] Beads are nice, but how do I get the bottle into pieces? [...]

  6. [...] Fusing glass bottles has never been easier!  It’s never been harder either, but don’t let that stop you! [...]

  7. […] leave enough room for the bottle to flatten, here’s a quick way to tell how big the bottle will be when fused flat.  Kiln wash should be 3-5 coats thick, based on manufacturers recommendations.  Typically the […]

Switch to our mobile site