A lot of bottles get cut up around here, somewhere around 60 a week, and I’ve never been able to figure out what to do with the shoulder section of the bottles. I usually just pitch it into the city glass recycling system, which is fine I suppose. But it would be nice if I could just use them up.
So, I spent some time cutting these lonely little pieces into different shapes to see if I can use them for anything, and this is what I came up with. Depending on which way you string them, these shapes can be used as either a leaf or a droplet. I’m planning to use the blue ones as droplets and the earth tones as leaves.
Here’s a selection of pieces that have been hanging around the shop. I drew a tear drop/ leaf shape on the inside of the glass as a cutting line:
Drawing on the inside was kind of tricky, next time I’m going to draw on the outside. However, it’s easier to cut on the inside, so I did that:
From this angle they mostly still look round, but it you look at that green one you’ll get a good idea of what I’m talking about. Then I fused them:
And then I used them to accent this lovely piece that is made with a leaf bottle bottom mold and the tutorial about fusing loops into bottle bottoms.
Fiber paper and Bottle Bottom Molds
Cutting Rings from a Whole Bottle